Mr. Henshaw founded CEI Ventures (CVI) in 1994, capitalized its first community development venture fund at $5.5 million in 1996, formed its second fund in 2001 ($20 million) and third fund in 2011 ($10.135 million). In 1993, he co-founded the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA) and serves as its corporate Secretary. CVI has invested over $24 million in 48 companies employing over 2,900 people.
Prior to forming Coastal Ventures, Mr. Henshaw was a Loan and Investment Officer at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), now a $100 million community development corporation headquartered in Wiscasset, Maine. During eight and a half years at CEI, Mr. Henshaw loaned and invested social investment capital in over 125 projects totaling over $6.0 million, including environmental clean-up, child care, electronic instrument, publishing, marine products, medical equipment and computer service industries. From May 1984 to June 1986, Mr. Henshaw was an Analyst and Assistant to the President of Chemical Venture Capital Corporation (now J.P. Morgan Partners). He also served as an Associate at Intersouth Partners, L.P. (Research Triangle Park, NC) and Kitty Hawk Capital, Ltd. (Charlotte, NC).
Mr. Henshaw holds MBA (1988) and BA (1984) degrees from Duke University and a Certificate from the NASBIC Venture Capital Institute. Mr. Henshaw serves on the Boards of: Ektron, Inc. (managed web services); Pen Bay Solutions, LLC. (GIS software); Coast of Maine Organic Products, Inc. (compost); Gelato Fiasco (local food) Navigator Publishing (magazines); Taction (call center); Red Zone Wireless (Internet Services); and Smart Pak, LLC (equine pharmacy). He is also Past Commodore of the Harraseeket Yacht Club (where he represented the club in the Marion-Bermuda, Marblehead-Halifax, Yarmouth Cup and Monhegan ocean races) and a Trustee of Maine’s Episcopal Diocesan Funds. He is married to Michelle R. Henshaw and has two children Lyse (18) and Nicholas (22).