Alexander (Lex) Henkels developed his appreciation for the power of a worldwide network while working for the Associated Press in New York. Later he became a photo editor and manager for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mr. Henkels also served as a volunteer president and member of the investment committee of a mental health foundation. Lex left the Inquirer in 1995 to explore the possibilities of the Internet, online marketing and advertising. While helping one company create an international footprint, he developed contacts that would lead to the formation of Providence Trade and Development.