Michael F. Terry is President and CEO of M. Terry Enterprises, an investment firm which manages holdings in oil and gas, real estate, banking, ranching and other private ventures...
Terry began his business career working at his family’s pest control business. By age 18, he was certified in every category the pest control industry had to offer in the State of Texas. After his father’s death, Terry took over operations of the company at age 26 and later owned the company known as Terminix, Inc. Under his leadership from 1972 to 1997, the company grew from $500,000 annual revenues to $16 million. At time of sale, Terminix employed more than 250 people and was a well known North Texas leading business.
After selling Terminix, Terry served as a shareholder and board member of The Container Store. In addition, Terry was an original shareholder of Chief Oil & Gas from 1994 until its sale in 2006.
To help facilitate his desire to give back to his community, he and his wife founded The Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation, a Christian-based private 501(c) (3) organization in 2006. The Foundation invests in North Texas initiatives focused on providing equal opportunities for all children, advancing youth through education and ensuring a haven for those in need throughout North Texas. The goal is to eliminate barriers for the most vulnerable in the community.
In addition to his work through his foundation, Terry serves as an active philanthropic contributor and community supporter. Terry serves on the boards of The St. Anthony School, Jesuit College Preparatory School Board, Teach for America, Cristo Rey Dallas and St. Paul Medical Foundation. He also was a trustee for the University of Dallas, Ursuline Academy Foundation and the Jesuit Foundation, serving as Chairman from 2005 to 2007. He is on the Advisory Council for The Catholic Foundation. Additionally, Terry has been involved with several fundraising campaigns for Ursuline Academy, St. Rita Catholic School, St. Anthony School and Jesuit College Preparatory School, including co-chairing the We are Jesuit Capital Campaign from 2008 to 2012.
Mike and Mary Terry are Honorary Co-Chairs of the “Our Faith Our Future” Capital and Endowment Campaign for the Diocese of Dallas and Honorary Co-Chairs for the St. Paul Medical Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Legends 2015. They were honored with the 2009 Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropist of the Year Award, 2012 Bridge Builder Award, 2014 Catholic Foundation Award and 2014 Dallas Historical Society Award for Excellence in Education.
Terry holds a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas. He and his wife Mary have three children and four grandchildren and reside in Dallas.