“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”- Robert Frost
Like American poet Robert Frost, former Villanova University Wildcat Henry Lowe has taken the road less traveled, and can attest to it making all the difference. Lowe has left his playing and coaching days at Villanova behind, during which he earned a full athletic scholarship, after starting as a walk-on, and was part of multiple championship teams. Now, he is venturing out to the finance world as a co-founder of Procapita Partners, LLC– a tech-enabled, single source wealth management and multi-family office platform serving the complex needs of high net worth individuals & families, professional athletes, and artists & influencers. The company is set to launch this Spring.
Speaking to The Zone on his decision to partner up with the Procapita team, Henry said, “I was excited by the opportunity that comes with an entrepreneurial path when I finished up business school. The road less traveled is always more rewarding. I wanted the blank canvas.. an ability to build something special with people around me that I admire and that I hope will positively impact and make a difference in the lives of others.”
And while the opportunity came with much excitement, starting a new career can be daunting. Fortunately, the knowledge that Henry gained during his athletic career proved valuable as he made the transition and prepared him for success.
“There are two [ways of thinking] that were ingrained in me under Jay Wright that have impacted my life immensely… The first is placing the demand on yourself every day to bring your best effort and energy to all that you do,” Henry says. “On a team, a person that shows up every day with a consistently positive attitude and a hunger to attack the little, mundane details in the same way they attack the big, more exciting projects is invaluable.”
“The second is a willingness to reject ego and adapt if you find yourself in a situation or role that you aren’t used to or that you think doesn’t fit,” he continues. “Not everyone hits the shot, wins MVP, or has their ideal job… but when you’re invested in the organization’s long-term mission, everyone can adapt and take pride in playing the role that they know serves a critical need and gives their team the best possible chance to win. When a whole team thinks this way, they have something special.”
Something special, indeed. As was Henry’s time at Villanova. Reflecting fondly on his time there, he recalls a moment that impacted him greatly.
“My junior year, we were the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and 33-2 heading into the 2nd round game in Pittsburgh. We played a tough NC State team, trailing the majority of the game and into the final minutes. JayVaughn Pinkston was one of our senior leaders and a close buddy of mine at school. In the final two or three minutes of the game, we made a roaring comeback. For match-up reasons, our staff decided in the huddle that our best chance to win was with a smaller lineup of shooters and quick defenders to execute our press. That meant that JayVaughn – our starting forward his whole career and senior in his last NCAA tournament – was on the bench for most of those final minutes.
Despite having every justifiable reason to be angry or think about himself, Jay instead became the biggest force of energy on the bench, coaching up our younger guards during timeouts, calling out scouting report details from the bench, and urging our teammates to stay committed to what we value as a program to whatever end. He continued that until the final buzzer rang out. We lost the game – it wasn’t a storybook ending.. But seeing and feeling that self sacrifice and commitment to the success of the team over the individual – in arguably the most difficult situation for him – was powerful and something I’ll never forget.. How he handled those final minutes played a huge role in setting the tone for us to win the national championship the following year.”
By being a team player, and putting others first, JayVaughn helped Henry and the rest of the team achieve success; and inadvertently, inspired others to adapt that same mentality, which Henry carries to this day in his venture with Procapita Partners. He aims to serve others and help them to maximum potential.
Henry’s story is surely a testament of leading through action and daily commitment to the team’s success, as seen in words from former teammates.
“Henry has always inspired me to be the best I can be,” Ryan Arcidiacono from the Chicago Bulls says. “He kept me humble and hungry at Villanova to make sure I was devoted to being the best most committed leader for the betterment of the team. I still try to think of the way he would lead from a position of not playing a lot and I try to emulate that while I’m not playing in my games. He continues to be someone I look up too because of his hard work and true values he has as a worker, friend, teammate and brother.”
“Mental toughness and work ethic. Henry’s one of the most hard working people I have ever been around and hes never gonna stop working til he gets the job done,” Phoenix Suns player Mikal Bridges adds. “My biggest thing with him is that nobody will ever outwork him. Maybe one person stays up til 3am, Henry will stay up til 5am. Its just who he is.”
Moral of the story: Don’t be afraid to take the road less traveled!