Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Henry is a serial entrepreneur and business coach with over 34 years of diverse business experience, including successful careers in information technology, sales, sales training, real estate, and business ownership. He is currently the co-founder of Levante Business Group (helping you start, run and grow a small business), co-founder of iTopIt (a self-serve frozen desserts restaurant in Colorado Springs), co-owner of Wild Blue Car Wash (an exterior-express car wash under development in Colorado), co-founder of Mojave Systems (offering software solutions), and co-founder of L3 Destinations (a Travel Consulting business co-founded with his wife).
His previous business ventures include owning several pizza delivery franchise units, real estate investment businesses, and a suite-salon business.
Henry is passionate about entrepreneurship, and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others. He lives with his wife in a suburb of Dallas, Texas and their daughter is attending university in Indiana.
Software Systems - Henry's corporate career included computer programming and systems analyst positions with companies such as Comcast Corporation and Mary Kay Cosmetics. He implemented and supported enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and led the development of a sales force enablement application.
Sales & Marketing - Henry's accomplishments in sales and marketing include recognized achievements in various positions with Dunn & Bradstreet Software, Lawson Software (top Pre-Sales Consultant in 1997), Peoplesoft and Ariba. During his 13 years in the enterprise software arena he worked with numerous medium to large sized companies worldwide, helping them improve their human resources, financial, manufacturing and procurement systems.
Sales Enablement & Training - Leveraging his extensive experience and success in sales, he then focused on delivering sales enablement tools and productivity workshops worldwide for multinational companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, CA and Motorola. Henry continues to offer sales enablement and training for select clients through Levante Business Group.
Business Ownership Highlights:
Henry has been a part of more than ten different business ventures over the past 30 years. His entrepreneurial experience began in 1990 with the eventual ownership of three Mr. Jim's Pizza franchise units in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area. He performed as CEO of these franchises, with responsibilities for planning, systems development, financial management, and marketing. He purchased his first Mr. Jim’s franchise with a partner, increased sales 255% over six years, and sold that unit in 1999 for a 46% annualized return on investment. Henry sold these restaurants in the early 2000’s, and no longer operates any Mr. Jim’s Pizza franchises.
In 2002, Henry became a licensed Real Estate Agent focusing on residential home sales and investment properties. He was a member of the top-producing real estate team in Coppell, Texas and one of the top teams in the state, achieving RE/MAX Executive Club level in 2004. In 2005, MAR Property Investments was formed by Henry Lopez and his partners, specializing in residential properties and undeveloped land investments in Florida. Henry led MAR Property Investments to acquire a portfolio of properties in Florida including rental homes and residential lots. Henry has also invested in rental homes in the Dallas, Texas area, and is currently an active commercial real estate investor.
Henry’s next business venture was in property management as the majority owner of Old World Salons, a suite-salon business with two locations in North Richland Hills and Southlake, Texas. Old World Salons leases individual suites to independent health and beauty professionals, and Henry purchased this existing business in 2008. Under his ownership and management, this business generated average annual cash flow margins of 29%, with occupancy rates in the 95-100% range. As owner and President, he was responsible for all business owner activities including planning, financial management, operations management, systems development and sales & marketing (including online and social media). Henry sold Old World Salons in 2014, realizing an annualized total return on cash investment of 58%.
In 2010, Henry Lopez and David Begin founded iTopIt, a self-serve frozen yogurt restaurant in Colorado Springs, Colorado. iTopIt was first to bring the self-serve frozen yogurt concept to Colorado Springs. The business was created entirely by Henry and David, including development of the brand, restaurant design and operating systems. In addition to his leadership and overall management and planning responsibilities, Henry is also responsible for all marketing activities including online and social media. In the first calendar year of operation, iTopIt generated a profit margin of 25.6%. Henry and David continue to own and operate iTopIt, with potential future plans to expand and also possibly franchise this concept.
Combining their passion for travel and experience in the industry, Henry and his wife Pam (a former American Airlines flight attendant) founded L3 Destinations in early 2015. L3 Destinations is a full-service Travel Consulting business, offering custom cruise and land vacations, group travel, and business incentive travel programs.
In 2015, Henry co-founded Levante Business Group, dedicated to helping people start, run, and grow small businesses. Through Levante, Henry offers Business Coaching and Consulting services for select clients. Levante Business Group also offers on-line learning solutions, workshops, and other tools and resources for small business owners.
Levante Business Group produces The How of Business Podcast, and The How of Carwashing Podcast. Henry is the co-host of these shows which provide practical advice, tips and techniques for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
In 2017, Henry co-founded Mojave Systems, a software company initially focused on providing cloud-based solutions for the car wash industry. Their initial product, The Car Wash Operating System, is scheduled for general release in 2018.
Henry is also a volunteer mentor with SCORE, providing free counseling and advice for existing and aspiring small business owners in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, for all types of businesses.
Henry graduated from the National School of Technology with a certificate in Computer Programming, and also attended Miami-Dade College. He currently resides in the Dallas, Texas area with his wife Pam and their daughter is attending university.
Other Online Content for Henry Lopez:
- LinkedIn Profile
- The How of Business Podcast - Henry Lopez, Co-Host (audio)
- The How of Carwashing Podcast - Henry Lopez, Co-Host (audio)
- Levante Business Group Story (video animation)
- Social Sidekick Podcast - Henry Lopez Interview (audio)
- Joan Sotkin's Prosperity Place Podcast - Henry Lopez Interview (audio)
- Conscious Millionaire Podcast - Henry Lopez Interview (audio)
- Smashing the Plateau Podcast - Henry Lopez Interview (audio)
- Fear is for Suckas Podcast - Henry Lopez Interview (audio)
- MaturePreneurial Podcast - Henry Lopez Interview (audio)
- The Business Credit & Financing Show - Henry Lopez Interview (audio)
- Stop Riding The Pine - Henry Lopez Interview (audio)
- The Optimistic Entrepreneur - Henry Lopez Interview (audio)