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Howard Brown, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
What You See Is What You Get

Birthplace

Born:
9/4/1945
Birth Location:
Eutaw, Alabama

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
What You See Is What You Get

Birthplace

Born:
9/4/1945
Birth Location:
Eutaw
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Biography

Financier and civil servant Howard Brown, Jr., was born in Eutaw, Alabama, on September 4, 1945, but at an early age he moved with his family to Atlanta. His mother, Bertha, was a teacher, and his father, Howard Brown, Sr., was a bulldozing contractor. After earning his early and high school education in Atlanta, he remained in town, attending Morehouse College and earning his B.A. in 1970. From there he went on to attend the University of Connecticut School of Law, graduating in 1973.

After finishing law school, Brown went to work for the Hartford Insurance Group, rising to associate counsel before he left in 1978. From 1978 to 1981, Brown served as the chief operations officer of O'Sullivan Fuel Oil, where he presided over the expansion of the business. Brown moved into the public sector in 1982, taking a position with the Connecticut Department of Banking, where he headed the legal staff, and by 1985 he was the banking commissioner. While in this role, he became chairman of the National Federal Legislation Committee of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and was called upon to testify before various committees of the federal government. Brown returned to the private sector in 1992, as the vice president of public finance for Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York. In 1995, Brown co-founded Greystone Community Reinvestment Associates and is currently the company's chairman and CEO. Greystone structures affordable housing mortgages that are backed by investment securities.

Brown is a founding member of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Securities Professionals and has served on the board of directors of the University of Connecticut School of Law Foundation, the Metropolitan YMCA, the Mark Twain House and the Connecticut Advisory Board to BankBoston Development Company. He is listed in Who's Who in Government Service and has received the Achievement Award as Outstanding Role Model in the Hartford Community. Brown and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Connecticut.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Howard Brown Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Howard Brown Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Howard Brown Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Howard Brown Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Howard Brown Jr. describes Eutaw, Alabama, the town where he grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Howard Brown Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Howard Brown Jr. remembers the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood in Eutaw, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about the street he grew up on and celebrating holidays with his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Howard Brown Jr. describes his childhood personality and nickname
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about attending Eutaw Elementary School and the teachers who influenced him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about being sent to live with relatives in Atlanta, Georgia for high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Howard Brown Jr. reflects on how living in Atlanta, Georgia differed from Eutaw, Alabama and the effect on him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Howard Brown Jr. describes his experience in Atlanta, Georgia during the early 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about his experience attending Henry McNeal Turner High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Howard Brown Jr. remembers being in the band at Henry McNeal Turner High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Howard Brown Jr. remembers recruiting parties for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee [SNCC] in Atlanta, Georgia in 1960
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Howard Brown Jr. describes his role models growing up and the activities he was involved in at Henry McNeal Turner High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about his decision to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Howard Brown Jr. remembers Morehouse College's Dr. Benjamin E. Mays and Dr. Brailsford Reese Brazil
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about his experience attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Howard Brown Jr. recalls how he became a lawyer and his experience in the United States Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Howard Brown Jr. describes meeting his wife, Elizabeth Brown, and his decision to attend the University Of Connecticut School Of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about moving to Hartford, Connecticut to attend the University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Howard Brown Jr. remembers the professors who influenced him at the University of Connecticut School of Law and his first job at The Hartford Insurance Group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about working at The Hartford Insurance Group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about being amongst the first wave of African Americans in corporate law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Howard Brown Jr. describes his decision to leave The Hartford Insurance Group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about his position as chief operations officer and counsel for O'Sullivan Fuel Oil, Inc., pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about his position as chief operations officer and counsel for O'Sullivan Fuel Oil, Inc., pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Howard Brown Jr. discusses the political powers in Hartford, Connecticut in the early 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Howard Brown Jr. describes the relationship between Hartford, Connecticut and its surrounding suburbs as well as the racial make-up of the city
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Howard Brown Jr. describes how he became deputy banking commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Banking
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about his job as deputy banking commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Banking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Howard Brown Jr. describes changes in the banking industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about working as deputy banking commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Banking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Howard Brown Jr. recounts how he became banking commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Banking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about being the banking commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Banking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Howard Brown Jr. describes issues surrounding interstate banking that arose when he was banking commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Banking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about the founding of the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Howard Brown Jr. describes his decision to leave the Connecticut Department of Banking and his time working for Kidder, Peabody & Co.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about the founding of the Greystone Group
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about the opportunities he sees within the minority mortgage market
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Howard Brown Jr. reflects upon what the banking industry can do for inner-city communities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about opportunities for banking within minority communities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Howard Brown Jr. reflects upon opportunities for young African Americans within the banking industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Howard Brown Jr. talks about his future plans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Howard Brown Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Howard Brown Jr. reflects upon how he would like to be remembered