Thomas Henson Jr. joined Henson Fuerst in 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1986 and his Juris Doctorate in 1989—both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Thomas is the Past Chair of the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina (BIANC), advocating for brain injury victims and their families across North Carolina, and currently serves on its board. He has been a presenter at multiple conferences for victims of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), their caregivers, and brain injury professionals.
In 2012, Governor Bev Perdue appointed Thomas to the North Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council, where he continues to serve. Part of the Department of Health and Human Services, the advisory council is responsible for studying the needs of people with brain injury; coordinating preventive efforts; promoting inter-agency coordination of efforts; and making recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly, and state organizations about planning, development, and funding.
Thomas remains an active member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. Additionally, he is a certified brain injury specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America.
As a brain injury specialist, Thomas has extensive knowledge on the effects of a TBI, what resources are available to survivors, appropriate treatment methods, and much more. Thomas recognizes that brain injuries can happen to anyone, anytime, and he is passionate about helping victims and families reassemble their lives under the best possible circumstances. Thomas also served as a member and past director on the board of directors for Friends of Residents in Long Term Care.
In 2002, Thomas formed the Henson Fuerst Cycling Team, which grew from only a few members into a team of more than 50 people, including top-level triathletes, recreational riders, and brand-new riders. The Cycling Team’s primary event was the North Carolina Tour de Cure, which benefits the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
From 2009 until 2014, Thomas served as chair or co-chair for the Tour, and the Henson Fuerst team raised over $100,000 for the ADA during their years of participation. Henson Fuerst team members have also participated in other charity cycling events such as the Bike MS Ride to benefit multiple sclerosis, the 100-kilometer “Ride for the Rock,” which raises funds for the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, the Raven Rock Ramble which benefits the UNC Kidney Foundation, and the CARA Ride for Their Lives which benefits the Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization.
Thomas Henson loves to spend time with his wife and son who are the “center and the joys of his life.” He also enjoys listening to, playing and writing music.