He and his wife Kathy live in Escondido and are active in the community. Henry Avocado Corporation is a constant contributor to many worthy local causes including the Escondido Foundation, the YMCA, the Escondido Boys Club and a charter school located near the firm’s headquarters.
Phil Henry was born in Long Beach and grew up in the area graduating from Cal State University at Long Beach in 1968. While his first cousins, Gil and Warren, had an avocado growing, packaging and shipping operation in Escondido, that was not a career on his radar screen. In the late 1970s, Phil expanded his own opportunities by studying for and receiving a real estate license. He started specializing in agricultural real estate and originally began working with Henry Avocado on real estate deals.