1971 – Walt Hennessee – My UAH Story

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Walt Hennessee

BA, Mathematics/Operations Research, 1971

Managing Broker
Rise Real Estate
Huntsville, AL


This is my UAH story…

I began my college experience by enrolling in the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1962. Two years later I enrolled in the University of Alabama Extension Center and my student number was in the 1400s. I was working full time at Boeing on the Saturn V program in the computer simulation lab in the old HIC Building and went to UAH part time until I graduated in 1971. I was President of the UAH Alumni Assn. 1976-1977. Also, served on the Search Committee for the Chancellor of the University of Alabama System, Search Committee to hire the first Director of Continuing Education and was on the committee to set up the Werner Von Braun Academic Chair.

My professional career spans computers, medical/surgical, Real Estate and representing a U.S. Congressman. In the middle 70s, he was vice president of CyberSystems, a computer manufacturing and engineering company, leading to early data acquisition and control systems used by the government and private industry. The career path then led to sales and product development of state-of-the-art endoscopic surgical instruments used by surgeons throughout the world and was awarded two U.S. Patents for medical devices used in surgery. For 18 years, I pursued a successful career in real estate sales and management, and I am now the Managing Broker for one of the largest Real Estate companies in north Alabama. I became a Certified Real Estate Instructor and a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) while developing many courses of Continuing Education for agents in Alabama and a board member of AREEA (Alabama Real Estate Educators Assn.) In 2010, I served as the Field Representative for the US Congressman representing the 5th Congressional District of Alabama.

Over the years, I have been active in many community activities. Founder/President of first Kidney Foundation in Alabama and later, Vice-President of Alabama Kidney Foundation; President of Huntsville Jaycees and Vice-President for Alabama Jaycees; candidate for Chairman of the Madison County Commission and Huntsville City Council; Board Member of Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Assn., county Chairman of National Foundation (March of Dimes), Chairman county MS Assn., Scout Master, Explorer Advisor and BSA Institutional Representative; Eagle Scout. Decatur MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) Committee Member. Recognitions include Huntsville-Madison County Distinguished Service Award; listed in Outstanding Young Men of America 4 times; listed in Who’s Who in American Inventors, Chamber Honorary Ambassador. Member of the national, state, and local Republican Party. NRA member and supporter. Licensed pilot.

I’ve been involved in south Huntsville civic activities: past President of the Southeast Huntsville Civic Assn., past Board member of the South Huntsville Civic Assn., and current Vice President of the Huntsville South civic group.

Currently I am on the Huntsville City Schools Capital Advisory Committee. I hope to be elected to the Huntsville City Council District 3 in August 2014.

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