Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers: Barak Henis

Position: Vice president and co-owner of Diamonds Direct Crabtree and Diamonds Direct Short Pump, Va.; active in Diamonds Direct Foundation, supporting Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina, The American Heart Association, Carolina Ballet and Triangle Family Services

Favorite accomplishments: “My five years of wonderful marriage to Morgan and our three adorable kids. In my work life, establishing the leading source for diamonds in the Triangle, and having the privilege to give back to our community through charitable contributions.”

Biggest challenge: “Choosing to grow my family and my business somewhere other than my home country. I have strong pride in my home country; I proudly served in the Israeli army and my extended family lives there. I’ve been fortunate to be able to spend several weeks a year traveling to Israel for work, while enjoying my time with family and friends.”

Guiding philosophy: “Walls are meant to be broken down. No obstacle is too difficult to overcome. Only dead fish go with the stream. Never settle; question everything.”

Fun fact: “I put myself through university by becoming a full-time flight attendant for El-Al Airlines in Israel. During this time I learned so much about customer service and hospitality. The company requires a 10-week course on customer service training.”

Advice: “Take care of your team and they will take care of the business with you.”

Louis Vitiello Jr.


Joy Hughes Pantzer

Christina Kodesh

J. Blake Massengill

Kyle Denis

Amanda Kimball

Mandy Becker

Travis Wright Colopy

Martha Brown

Dr. Kevin Prue

Barak Henis

Jackie Bedard

Adam Mitchell

Apara Pochiraju

Zaher El-Assi

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