Business legacy: Harry D. Carhart Jr. "inherited" Carhart Photo, but his ideas made it successful.Business ownership was in Harry D. Carhart Jr.'s blood. In 1914, Harry Carhart Sr. started Carhart Photo Inc. with help from his friend George Eastman. In those early days, Eastman Kodak Co. often used Carhart Photo as testing grounds Noun 1. testing ground - a region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation and practice and experimentation; "the new nation is a testing ground for socioeconomic theories"; "Pakistan is a laboratory for studying the use of American for their chemicals and processing.
While in high school, Harry Jr. helped with the family business by doing routine printing and processing after school. Eventually he would become president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of the company.
Harry D. Carhart Jr. passed away on Sept. 14 at the age of 86 in Brooksville, Fla. He remained active in the photo industry throughout his life. In fact, he attended the 82nd annual PMA PMA (papillary-marginal-attached),
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"We loved going to the conventions," says wife Carol Carhart. "I'll miss him."
Carhart is survived by wife Carol; daughter JoAnn Carhart Levy (Edward) of Vail Vail (vāl), town (1990 pop. 3,569), Eagle co., W central Colo., on Gore Creek, in the Gore Range of the Rocky Mts.; founded as a ski resort 1962, inc. as a town 1966. , Colo.; sons Steven D. Carhart of Rochester, N.Y., and Bruce A. Carhart, Alexandria Bay, N.Y.; stepchildren Joanne Watkins, Chapel Hill, N.C., Barbara Heyl, Norwich, Vt., and William Spalty, Rochester, N.Y.; brother-in-law J.Coyne O'Brien, Esq.; grandson Brandon; and six step-grandchildren. Carhart is predeceased by siblings Doris Ann Carhart, Jane Carhart O'Brien, and Orrin K. "OK" Carhart.
When Harry Jr. entered St. Lawrence University St. Lawrence University is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the village of Canton in Saint Lawrence County, New York. Founded in 1856, it is the oldest coeducational university in the state of New York. , he was production manager for Carhart Photo during summer vacations. He graduated in 1941 and wanted to go to medical school to become a doctor. World War II got in the way of those plans. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead and worked his way up the ranks to become a Major. After the war, he helped manage the Buffalo, N.Y., plant of Carhart Photo. The company continued to expand as a wholesale photofinisher and a retail business with locations in 10 states.
A few years later, Harry Sr. asked his sons Harry Jr. and Orrin to watch the business while he took a vacation in Florida since he hadn't been on vacation in 10 years. Harry Sr. never came back, unless it was to fish in the Great Lakes Great Lakes, group of five freshwater lakes, central North America, creating a natural border between the United States and Canada and forming the largest body of freshwater in the world, with a combined surface area of c.95,000 sq mi (246,050 sq km). on occasion.
Harry Jr. and Orrin eventually bought their father's interest in the company. Harry Jr. focused more on the wholesale side of the business and Orrin handled the retail side.
"My dad was really the idea guy and the driving force behind the company," says son Steven.
"He had passion, he had drive, and he had impatience for all the above," remembers Steven. "He was impatient because he just wanted to get it done."
The brothers ran the business from 1945-1985. In 1985, they sold the wholesale part of Carhart Photo Inc. to the Adanta, Ga.-based American Photo Group. On the retail side, many of the Carhart Photo managers bought their store businesses; many are still in operation today under different names.
A few years later, American Photo Group was bought out by the wholesale processing arm of Kodak, which eventually became known as Qualex. Carhart Photo completed its circle: What began with Kodak in 1914, returned to Kodak more than 70 years later.
Harry Jr. was a member of the Master Photo Dealers' & Finishers' Association (MPDFA), which became known as Photo Marketing Association International in 1974. He was named president of the MPDFA in 1963. Prior to that election, he severed sev·er
v. sev·ered, sev·er·ing, sev·ers
1. To set or keep apart; divide or separate.
2. To cut off (a part) from a whole.
3. as a vice president, and following his presidential term, Harry Jr. served on the Board of Trustees board of trustees Politics The posse of thugs who oversee an institution's administration. See Board of directors. . He also served as a Territorial Vice President.
While chairing the MPDFA Education Committee, Harry Jr. spearheaded a $500,000 endowment fund-raising drive Noun 1. fund-raising drive - a campaign to raise money for some cause
fund-raising campaign, fund-raising effort
crusade, campaign, cause, drive, effort, movement - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported , which resulted in the 1969 establishment of the James E. McGhee Distinguished Professor Scholarship at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT RIT,
n See therapy, regenerative injection. ). Money was raised through gifts from members and MPDFA. The endowment still exits today offering $1,000 to $4,000 a year to a student enrolled in the RIT imaging systems management program with outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential, or financial need.
In 1975, Carhart was inducted into the PMA Hall of Fame at the PMA 51st Annual Convention held in Chicago, Ill. The Hall of Fame is one the highest honors bestowed by PMA.
Carhart Photo was a successful business, born of entrepreneurship and innovation.
"My grandpa and my dad were unique people. Unique people are risk takers Risk Takers is a Canadian television documentary series, which profiles people in dangerous professions.
The show originally aired on Discovery Channel Canada, and also airs on the North American channel Discovery HD Theater. , and risk takers make small businesses successful," says Steven. "In those days you had to be a risk taker tak·er
One that takes or takes up something, such as a wager or purchase: There were no takers on the bets.
Noun to make it work in the photo industry."