We had the good fortune of connecting with Henry Mason Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Henry, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Sacrifice… To start and or run a business takes an incredible amount of sacrifice. I gave up everything I had at the time to focus on being an entrepreneur. At 32, I still believe that holds true to this day. I think its important to understand the amount of dedication it takes to truly stand out from the pack. Especially in healthcare when your competitors are literally billion dillar firms.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m most proud of what I was able to build at 27. I was young & tapping into unfamiliar territory, it certainly wasn’t easy. I had to do a ton of research, and to be quite frank, as a young Black man in Healthcare, I was met with a lot of adversity. There were times where it felt like the cards were stacked against me. It was extremely difficult to build relationships with hospitals and at times I still have that struggle. There have even been moments I’ve considered leaving out the fact that I was the owner, simply to avoid probing questions regarding my capabilities. I’ve had patients that were completely satisfied with the services provided leave once they found out I was the owner of Precious Hospice. I think the world should see my brand as one that is here to provide a safe space for communities that are leery about Healthcare as a whole. Precious is here to ensure the underserved is seen, heard & offered the best care possible regardless of race, economic background, or religious beliefs. My passion for community has led me to expand beyond hospice, having recently opened a company geared toward creating exposure for minority owned businesses— @onyxboxclub
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Surprisingly I’m quite the introvert so I’m not much of a nightlife kind of guy. I do love food so restaurants would definitely be on the itinerary. One of my favorite spots is Eight Sushi Lounge, they have delicious sushi & some of the best cocktails in the city. I also enjoy Bones restaurant where I always order their wagyu. Lastly, Mr. Everything got me through my time at Morehouse so I frequent there whenever I’m in the area. I do enjoy The Atlanta History Museum, the aquarium, and festivals at Piedmont Park. I would definitely take someone on the Atlanta Beltine—there are tons of eateries & shops along the way. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would definitely say my mother deserves all the praise. Without my mother there would be no Precious Hospice. I originally created my company when she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. Having the tough conversations surrounding her options made me more empathic to those In similar situations. When attempting to find a good fit I noticed a void—there was little to no Black representation in Healthcare, specifically hospice. I began researching & realized the lack of options for those in underserved communities & developed a passion for educating & serving those in need.
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