Preparing Boys for Life
Fords in Four: Henry Blynn '12
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Henry Blynn '12, senior associate at Infinedi Partners, discusses his most memorable experiences at the School, the lessons he learned and friendships he made over his thirteen years here, and his career path into private equity.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your time at The Haverford School?

Some of my favorite memories range from arriving to electronics class early to work on projects with Mr. Maley, reading and discussing Lord of the Flies with Mr. Ranzer, and learning Spanish in Mr. Poolman’s class. The breadth of the courses that Haverford offered allowed me to leave school as a well-rounded student, for which I am very grateful.

The most memorable experience was after my junior year. I’d been trying to break the starting lineup in lacrosse without much success, and at the end of the year I was sitting in Coach Petrone’s office. Coach leaned over and drew my name on his whiteboard. Then he crossed out my name and said, “Today is the start of a new Henry Blynn.” Right then and there, we spoke through a plan of how to achieve my goals for my senior year including studying film, weightlifting, running, and shooting balls before school. Looking back, he put the pressure on me that I needed to succeed. The following year turned out to be arguably the best year of my lacrosse career. But if it wasn’t for that one-on-one conversation and the belief that Coach Petrone maintained in me, I would certainly not be where I am today.

What are lessons or things you learned here that you carry with you?

Whenever I am faced with difficult decisions, I can always step back and lean on this foundation that I was fortunate enough to have instilled in me for 13 years. One of the main lessons I learned at Haverford is that in life, you should always treat others how you would like to be treated. Respect, honesty, and courage were ingrained into me from when I was a kindergartener all the way through senior year.

From being a student-athlete, I learned early on that you can always outwork someone else. My favorite quote to this day is from the plaque outside the Upper School locker room that says: “Champions are made while no one is watching.” Haverford has taught me exactly that. Even outside the playing fields, such as in challenging classes (for instance, honors biology with Ms. Cleffi), I knew I could put in the work to get the best chance at success. I would study longer and challenge myself to ask the difficult or complex questions in order to put myself in the best position to earn an A.

That’s what I would advise young alums and students - put in the work and hours, and take school and every job interview seriously. This will ensure that when that dream job comes along, you are ready to take it and run with it. The story of Tom Brady always resonates with me in that Drew Bledsoe gave him that one chance. If Drew Bledsoe had never had an issue with his helmet, Tom Brady may have never had the chance to be the GOAT.

Whenever I am faced with difficult decisions, I can always step back and lean on this foundation that I was fortunate enough to have instilled in me for 13 years. One of the main lessons I learned at Haverford is that in life, you should always treat others how you would like to be treated. Respect, honesty, and courage were ingrained into me from when I was a kindergartener all the way through senior year.

What first got you interested in the field of financial services, and what keeps you passionate about your work?

After Haverford, I studied business and entrepreneurship at Brown University. I have always had an interest in starting my own business, so at Brown, I was always trying to come up with different ideas of businesses to start and had a few close ideas which never fully took off. But because I wanted to learn how businesses were run, I enrolled in an internship program at Graham Partners, a private equity fund in Newtown Square, Pa., where I was immersed into a two-month training program. After seeing firsthand how the businesses were run at Graham Partners, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in private equity. After college, I became an investment banking analyst, which gave me the opportunity to interview for private equity funds in NYC. After my time as an analyst, I worked at a private equity fund called Harvest Partners for 2 and a half years, which was an amazing experience. I have recently moved to another private equity fund called Infinedi Partners, which focuses on investing in founder-owned businesses. The responsibility you are given at such a young age in this line of work keeps me engaged and passionate about the work that I do, especially when you can see the results of your hard work paying off at each company that you invest in.

The Haverford School has created a special community that lasts a lifetime for every student, and for some, has spanned generations. I feel quite fortunate to share this community with my dad, brothers, uncle, and cousin.

Can you talk about how you stay connected with the Haverford community?

The Haverford School has created a special community that lasts a lifetime for every student, and for some, has spanned generations. I feel quite fortunate to share this community with my dad, brothers, uncle, and cousin. At Haverford and within our family, being smart is highly valued, which was the reason my parents enrolled me in Haverford so early, back in kindergarten. Haverford has also given me a group of 13 best friends, who I would also call my family. All of us keep in touch through social media every day; I actually don’t think there has been one day since high school where there hasn’t been at least one message sent in our group. Whether it’s one of us supporting one another in one of our life endeavors, checking in on one another, or coordinating a time to get together on a Saturday in New York (Eli Koven ‘12 enjoys these days immensely), I am forever grateful for the long-term friendships that will last a lifetime.

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