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Howard McKeon leads the McKeon Group as Chief Operating Officer, SVP. As an accomplished private sector business development, marketing, and operations executive, he brings an unparalleled level of strategic proficiency to the firm.  The group relies on his leadership and management abilities to foster significant results for clients.

Howard was a Vice President of SprintNextel where he was integral in the merger between Sprint and Nextel. As an executive for Sprint, Howard managed over 1,500 people and was responsible for $1.2 billion in revenue. His primary focus was on directing all activities in marketing, finance, operations, human resources and communications for his region. One of the most important contributions Howard made during his time at Sprint was the complete integration of the Sprint affiliates. Prior to the merger, there were independently-managed affiliates that Howard successfully united into one company.

Howard also worked as Vice President of Next Student where he led the business development team. Howard was able to introduce NextStudent to the medical and private financial industries to help with employment and recruiting.

Successfully transitioning to a third industry in his career, Howard took on the role of Chief Operations Officer of Cota Cole LLP. There he managed the growth and development of several offices within California, placing an emphasis on marketing the firm as well as on standardization of policies and procedures.

Shortly after his time at BYU, Howard entered the private sector working for America’s Bootmaker. This experience in retail is what ultimately drove him to one day start his own business and work with his father.

As he developed his career in a number of industries coupled with his time spent working for the “family business,” Howard also maintained a consulting firm where he strategized and executed business plans for both the educational and defense industries.

Howard, a native of California, resides in Washington DC with Heather Gale McKeon, his wife of nearly thirty years. Together they’ve reared four children: Carlie, Derek, Rylee, and Kirk. Howard studied finance at Brigham Young University after completing a two-year religious mission in Portugal.