With over 20 years of industry experience, Howard is a widely recognized expert and innovator in the field of special events.

Event Agency Owner

He is the founder of Paint The Town Red, Inc., and the former CEO of North America for Global Events Group, the 13th largest event agency in the world, which acquired Paint The Town Red in 2008.  During his tenure the company won over 30 industry awards.

Industry Leader & Expert

Howard is President of the International Special Events Society (NY Metro Chapter); a member of the BizBash NY Advisory Board.  He has served on the Advisory Board of Special Events Magazine, been a judge of the Gala Awards & HSMAI’s Adrian Awards, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He currently writes the monthly In Business column for Event Solutions magazine.  He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, National Public Radio, ABC News, The Apprentice, and USA Today, in addition to numerous trade media.


Howard is a consultant to companies in the event industry, specializing in sales, management, and mergers & acquisitions. He currently serves as an advisor to the board of directors of First Protocol, an event agency headquartered in London and NY, and selectively consults with business owners on a limited number of engagements.

App Developer

Howard is the creator of the event industry app SuperPlanner, winner of the 2010 BizBash Event Style Award for Most Innovative New Product, and the 2011 Special Events Magazine Gala  Award for Best New Product / Service.


Howard is the Founder and Executive Director of the Event Leadership Institute (which launched in April 2011), provider of best-in-class training and education for the events industry, through online, on-demand video classes and industry thought leaders sharing their insights in live forums around the country.

On a personal level, Howard sits on the Board of Directors of Every Child A Reader, the charitable foundation of the Children’s Book Council. He lives in Westchester, NY with his wife and two children.