Publisher Comments Henry Bloch is Americas tax man. He and his brother Richard pioneered the commercial tax preparation industry, and the two tycoons built the world-leading firm that has prepared over 500 million returns, H&R Block. But Henrys life deserves to be studied for another reason: His remarkable entrepreneurial philosophy and extraordinary humanitarianism will have a lasting impact on generations.Many Happy Returns tells the compelling story of this unlikely American hero through Henrys son Tom, who worked alongside his father for nearly twenty years and interviewed him extensively for this book.
Here, for the first time, youll gain illuminating insights into a man whose selfless and unassuming nature made him an uncommon corporate icon. As Time once wrote, He is a direct, plain-spoken Midwesterner in a brown suit and brown shoes, the type of fellow for whom the word unpretentious was invented.As a budding entrepreneur, Bloch could barely eke out a living. Discover how he started his company from the bottom up, and get a rare look at the inner dynamics of one of the most well-known brands in America.
Along the way, youll also meet some of the people who shaped his philosophy on business and life, and receive invaluable tips on entrepreneurship from the man whose hard work, vision, and pioneering spirit set the standard for those seeking true success.As much a personal story as a business story, Many Happy Returns offers intimate details about Henry Blochs belief in the importance of mentoring and giving back. Woven within this rich history of H&R Block are examples of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship?including the Bloch Scholars, the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration to name a few?which have enriched the lives of many and transformed communities.In a time filled with greed and corruption, Henry Bloch inspires us to work hard, be honest, and follow our dreams.
His ingenuity, determination, and core values propelled him to the pinnacle of business success and have allowed him to help others through countless charitable efforts. Many Happy Returns is a fascinating portrait of one of Americas greatest entrepreneurs, and it shows you what it really takes to succeed?in both your professional and personal life.SynopsisMany Happy Returns is the story of Henry Bloch and the founding of H&R Block.
Chronicling its 55 year history, Tom Bloch explores the life of his father and the creation of the company.? With hard work, determination, and a little luck, Henry Bloch has become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United States.? Written by one of the people who know him best, Many Happy Returns is the story of a man who achieved the American Dream.SynopsisThe inside story of H&R Blocks entrepreneurial founder Henry BlochIn 1955 Henry Bloch and his brother Dick founded H&R Block.
Through a mixture of hard work and luck, they transitioned this Kansas City based bookkeeping business into a tax preparation firm just as the IRS stopped preparing tax returns for people. Over the course of more than fifty years, the company grew to become the largest tax preparation firm in the world, serving more than twenty million clients a year.Many Happy Returns tells the compelling story of this company and its founder through Thomas Bloch, Henrys son, who worked along side his father for nearly twenty years.
Page by page, youll discover the rich history of this successful organization, and how Henry Blochs relentless focus on providing consistent quality at the lowest cost helped the company expand into the worldwide industry leader it is today.Explores the professional and personal life of one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United StatesWritten by one of the closest people to Henry Bloch, his son, ThomasDetails fifty years of H&R Blocks rich history, from its humble beginnings to the present dayReveals the hard-won and fresh insights straight from one of the most uncommon business leaders of a generationInspiring and informative, Many Happy Returns is the true story of a man who achieved the American Dream.SynopsisI always wanted to do something different, something more than just a job, something to contribute to society.?Henry W.
Bloch, cofounder and Honorary Chairman, H&R Block, Inc.Many Happy ReturnsIn 1955 Henry Bloch and his brother Richard founded H&R Block and forged an industry. Through a mixture of hard work, persistence, and luck, they transitioned their Kansas City-based bookkeeping business into a tax preparation firm just as the IRS scheduled to discontinue its free taxpayer assistance in the area. Two years later, with seventeen offices in three states, the Blochs proudly rolled out the slogan, Nations Largest Income Tax Service.Over the course of more than fifty years, H&R Block grew to become the largest commercial tax preparation firm in the world, with a vast web of more than 10,000 outlets and 100,000 associates.
Along the way, Henry Bloch proved that someone with good instincts, fortitude, and a fervent desire to help others can achieve both success and significance.
Many Happy Returns tells the compelling story of this company and its self-effacing, down-to-earth cofounder through Henrys son Tom, who worked alongside his father for nearly twenty years and interviewed him extensively for this book.Page by page, youll gain an up close look at this successful organization?from how it was built to its thorniest challenges, most gut-wrenching defeats, and greatest triumphs. And youll come across timeless lessons that can be applied to your own business endeavors.
Many Happy Returns also explores the essential aspirations and indispensable philosophies of Henry Bloch, and provides fresh insights on the importance of social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy in todays society.Inspiring and informative, Many Happy Returns is the powerful story of a humble, benevolent, and determined man who achieved the American Dream.
If you want to gain true success in both business and life, understanding Henry Blochs journey can help you get there.About the AuthorThomas M. Bloch is an author, speaker, educator, entrepreneur, former CEO of H&R Block, and the son of its cofounder, Henry Bloch. Tom worked closely with his father at H&R Block for nearly two decades, serving as President and CEO while Henry was Chairman of the Board. In 1995, Tom Bloch resigned as CEO to?become a teacher in an impoverished inner-city section of Kansas City.
He cofounded University Academy, an urban college preparatory charter school.Table of ContentsIntroduction (Henry W. Bloch).Authors Note.Chapter One: Chip off the Ol Block.Childhood Lessons.Without a Road Map.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Two: Heaven Can Wait.Off to War.A Lucky Bastard.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Three: Three Nobodies with an Idea.A Tradition of Trailblazers.Carrying on the Entrepreneurial Spirit.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Four: Taking the Plunge.The Plan.The Start.A New Partner.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Five: Made in Heaven.The Courtship.The Union.The Family.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Six: A Blockbuster Idea.This Tax Thing.The Birth of an Industry.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Seven: New York, New York.The Second Season.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Eight: Building Blocks.Entrepreneurship 101.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Nine: Going Places.Like a Family.Going Public.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Ten: Learning to Soar.Little Details.The Best Ideas.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Eleven: Setbacks and Comebacks.The Aftermath.Distractions.A Dreadful Diagnosis.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Twelve: Heartbroken.A Bad Dream.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Thirteen: Gains and Losses.Transitions.A Transformation.Mourning.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Fourteen: Block Heads.Blunders.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Fifteen: A Fork in the Road.Hitting a Wall.More Taxing Times.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Sixteen: A Taxing System.Tax History.Tax Policy.The Ideal Tax System.Henry’s Deductions.Chapter Seventeen: Opening Doors.The Bloch School.The Bloch Scholars.A Debt to Society.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Eighteen: Making an Impression.Giving Back.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Nineteen: And Then Some.Secrets of the Successful Entrepreneur.Building the Winning Team.Thriving in the Changing Marketplace.Creating a Responsible and Dynamic Business.True Success.Henrys Deductions.Chapter Twenty: Miscellaneous Deductions.A Decent Man.Notes.Acknowledgments.About the Author.Index.
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