Chairman of the Board
As a visionary business and civic leader, KWNM Board Chairman Denis J. Healy clearly demonstrates the profound impact an individual can have on the community. His business acumen, civic leadership, and philanthropic spirit have earned him the respect of his peers in a city that has long been enriched by his commitment. Holder of eight U.S. patents, Healy earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the City College of New York (CCNY) and worked in Research and Development of Colgate Palmolive and the Mennen Company, as well as the Barr Company, before joining Turtle Wax, Inc. in 1971.
While attending CCNY, Healy entered the U.S. Army where he proudly served in the Korean War as an infantryman attached to the 728th Military Police Battalion in Seoul, Korea. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Korean War National Museum, Library, and Cultural Center Board of Directors. Healy’s vision is to include the South Korean people in the planning and development and dedicate a part of the facility to the history and culture of Korea.
Healy and his wife Sondra are Co-Chairs of Turtle Wax Inc., a Chicago-based car-care company. Turtle Wax is the world’s largest manufacturer of car-care products. The Chicago-based company controls over 60 percent of the U.S. car wax market and sells its products in Europe, the Pacific Basin, and Central and South America. It also markets chemicals for commercial car washes, owns and operates the largest chain of full-service car washes in the Chicago market, and manufactures shoe polishes and household cleaners. On many occasions Healy has offered free car washes to the men and women serving in the Armed Forces and Veterans.
Healy has always provided leadership and generous support to many civic and community organizations. Despite the demanding schedule of his corporate and family commitments, he continues to pledge significant time and support to Chicago Symphony Association, Catholic Charities, and Junior Achievement of Chicago. He is on the board of the USO of Illinois and has served as Chairman of the Board. His vision helped locate the USO to Navy Pier where thousands of service men and women visit as their home-away-from-home while in Chicago. Under his leadership the Museum has embarked on expanding the current footprint to include a permanent home in New York City and has successfully partnered with individual and corporate sponsors in the United States and Korea.
As a devoted civic leader and philanthropist, Healy has demonstrated unwavering commitment to education through his involvement as a trustee of Northwestern University, The University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, DePaul University, Midtown Education Foundation, and After School Matters. He is the Vice President of the 100 Club of Chicago, supporting the families of fallen Police Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, and Firefighters of Cook County. He served for many years on Mercy Hospital and Evanston Northwestern Hospital boards. He Chaired “Options for People,” a non-profit dedicated to bringing the long-term unemployed to the workforce.
As committed as Healy is to the community, he is equally committed to his family. He and Sondra have three children and 11 grandchildren.