George Harbison is an author, speaker and political activist. He has dedicated himself to raising awareness about socialism and its devastating effects.
At the request of a Young Afro Foundation student leader, he created and delivered a presentation titled “The Victims of Socialism.” This lecture has since been given on more than twenty college campuses around the country.
Early Life and Education
George Harbison was born in 1881 to Davis Lawler Harbeson and Ella Fenton Harbison (nee Rail).
George’s parents died when he was young, yet he continued to grow up with two sisters and several brothers. Before settling in Vici, Oklahoma, George lived in various oilfield communities.
On April 21, 1938, he wed Ruth M. Brace.
His family includes his wife, daughter and granddaughter as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, he passed away due to complications with heart failure.
George Harbison serves as Chief Financial Officer for Unitek Learning, located in Newport Beach, California.
George has extensive financial management experience and oversees a team of C-level professionals. Additionally, his expertise in taxation has allowed him to assist many companies navigate through complex federal and state tax regulations.
Harbison dedicates time to his professional career and volunteerism. He has been active with the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office for over twenty years, volunteering his services in support of local history book projects by giving back to the community.
He has donated his DNA to the Archon Genomics X PRIZE 100 over 100 competition, giving scientists invaluable insights into health and longevity. When not working, he enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
Achievements and Honors
George Harbison has made a name for himself in the world of business, serving on the boards of several companies such as Angelica Corporation and NutraSweet Company.
He has also been honored for his accomplishments in music. He is the creator of numerous pieces that have been performed by prestigious musical institutions.
He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Institute Professor at MIT – one of the highest academic honors bestowed upon resident faculty members.
Harbison was an enthusiastic political activist who dedicated himself to furthering the cause of Social Democrats. He was a member of Vici Masonic Lodge and had been active in Vici First Christian Church for many years.
George was an avid hunter with his son and brothers. He also held a deep appreciation for the community in which he lived, taking pleasure in every opportunity that presented itself.
Harbison often employs compositional constraints to spark his imagination. He enjoys using tempo indications, but they must remain consistent and not deviate from the harmonic structure of a piece.
George Harbison is the founder and CEO of Pretium Packaging, one of the nation’s largest plastic bottle and container manufacturers for food, personal care, medical products, household items. Additionally he owns several companies in hospitality and higher education sectors such as USEC (a private-equity backed company which merged with DeVry), Ross University and Chamberlain School of Nursing.
In 2008, he sold USEC to Chicago-based DeVry for $290 million. Additionally, he held executive positions at Real Mex Restaurants as Chief Financial Officer of its El Torito, Acapulco and Chevy’s Mexican restaurant brands. Furthermore, he served on the board of directors of I Drive Safely LLC – a company offering online driver’s education and traffic school programs – as well as being an active writer, speaker and political activist.