Howard is the former CEO of the highly successful Southwest Airlines. He was later recruited to be the CEO of financially failing Braniff International and was the first CEO to restructure a major airline into, through and out of bankruptcy.
Earlier in his career he spent 20 years with United Airlines, his final position being group vice president of marketing. In addition to being at the top of his field, Howard has written a book published by HarperCollins entitled, The Winds of Turbulence.
Howard grew up on a farm in Iowa where he learned to fly in a pasture. He and his wife Krista currently live near Reno and Lake Tahoe.