As the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade committee gathered to discuss this year’s Grand Marshal it was a natural to choose Mike Henderson. Like most Darke County natives, Henderson has fond memories of downtown Greenville. He remembers it being the weekend shopping destination.
While the downtown has changed since his childhood, he realizes how important downtown design and appearance can be for a downtown’s viability. For over two decades Henderson has assisted in downtown revitalization whether it be through his profession as design manager for Mote & Associates or volunteering with Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization committed to stimulate and support revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in historic downtown Greenville.
For the past five years, Henderson has chaired the design committee of the Main Street program. “He’s been doing a fantastic job at it,” said Amber Schmerge, executive director of Main Street Greenville. “He’s always been willing to give time expertise and passion to the downtown.” Under his leadership the committee has succeeded in executing quality projects to enhance the downtown area. The Adopt A Box Program, wayfinding signage, new seasonal banners, creating awareness of our historic buildings through an Upper Floor Tour are a few to add to Henderson’s accomplishments. “He has been a great leader and role model for citizens in this community. “He not only verbally supports our downtown efforts, he rolls his sleeves up and helps accomplish projects. You can’t ask for a better volunteer,” states Schmerge. As Henderson celebrates thirty years at Mote & Associates, a civil engineering firm on West Fourth Street, the parade committee and Main Street Greenville recognize his stewardship to his community.
Henderson will be leading the parade in a vis a vis carriage on Saturday, November 20 at 7 pm in downtown Greenville. Main Street Greenville presents this 7th annual event to the community with support from Wayne HealthCare and Greenville Federal.