A diplomat of business
"Today, I can proactively return the favor by identifying and supporting talented people and doing my best to cultivate that talent."
He’s still chasing these opportunities—while building a legacy in the process. Howard currently serves as Managing Director at GCM Grosvenor, where his generosity is only equaled by the sharpness of his mind and the uniqueness of his vision for his industry.
Howard has the remarkable ability to see these “unseen” opportunities and individuals as already poised at the starting line – ready – set (to go) – just in need of the capital to get over the first of many finish lines. Howard is a go-getter who really does make things go. He is both coach and referee in the world of business – encouraging and assisting those ready to begin their next chapter with investors and making sure the playing field has the highest standards of fairness.
He’s definitely shaped himself into his own man, his own investing visionary – a guide on the path to higher success. His work changes the course of people’s lives and goes beyond business, proving private equity investing can reach people and opportunities previously out of sight to others in his field. He has enthusiastically built his career – a man driven, passionate and ever proactive. Throughout his time at Goizueta and on the job, Howard has exposed himself to a variety of challenges and experiences, eager to build skills.
Howard recently returned to Goizueta to discuss how he can continue to help the school create business visionaries. He’s dedicated to ensuring more students have the chance to follow a path that leads them beyond business as usual – to serve those who’ve been waiting for the opportunity to do things differently.
“My memory of being sought out as a high schooler by Julie Barefoot, now Associate Dean of Engagement and Partnerships for Goizueta, still resonates with me,” he said. “It was great seeing her again when I visited recently. Julie’s outreach was really meaningful to me then and still is because she took the time to be proactive and reach out to me to build an early relationship with me. Today, I can proactively return the favor by identifying and supporting talented people and doing my best to cultivate that talent.”
“My career has and still feels very rewarding.”
Howard’s path has been different than he had initially imagined, but strategic as well.
Howard’s career has exposed him to a variety of advisory and investing environments, from film investing at the Disney film studio to independent contracting, each one teaching him another invaluable skill and providing his perspective an even broader view.
“Each one of those experiences provided me with invaluable skills I bring to the table when I come,” he said. “Skills I could never have acquired without those experiences. I’ve learned how to learn from each of my experiences so I can apply that knowledge to do even more and keep growing and improving my skillset.”
Howard said it was his exposure to teamwork at Goizueta and continuing to work with teams afterward that showed him the immeasurable value of learning all you can from others while sharing what you know. Being a part of a team suited him as well as it did his teams and only bolstered his confidence to “hit the ground running at every opportunity.” Not only did he learn from his classmates and colleagues, but Howard’s unique perspective on business and people also showed him how critical soft skills are when it comes to succeeding.
Speaking with Howard, you’d believe he could do anything – perhaps a diplomat as he’d once considered. His demeanor is professional and polite, connecting and diverse, knowledgeable but never overbearing. He connects with those he meets like puzzle pieces meant to meld together, for however long or short the duration of the meeting. He’s a true people person and it’s evident he wants to help others in the ways he knows how to accomplish best.
That’s part of the reason, Howard said he chose his career path, though it’s taken a few interesting twists and turns up to this point.
“I wanted to help others access the same opportunities and many times this was just not possible the way things exist,” he said. “But by honing my skills in both advisory and investing in private equity, I was able to help both sides succeed. That’s what drives me – when the two sides of the equation are equally balanced and therefore equally poised for success.
“My career has and still feels very rewarding.”
Howard gives credit to Goizueta’s Alumni Network for many of the opportunities he’s had in his career. From a stint at Turner Broadcasting to making his way out to the Disney® film studio – all leads came through his Goizueta extended family. Just another reason Howard is so passionate about giving back to others and the school that helped shape his life and career. The power of connections and networking can change everything.
“I really enjoy my job and my career investing in private equity,” he said. “I enjoy helping those who are often overlooked and might not otherwise have access to the capital they need to grow their businesses.”