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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black and Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
There Is No Traffic On The Extra Mile.$A Good Name Is Better To Be Chosen Than All The Riches Of The World.

Birthplace

Born:
5/8/1939
Birth Location:
Marietta, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black and Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
There Is No Traffic On The Extra Mile.$A Good Name Is Better To Be Chosen Than All The Riches Of The World.

Birthplace

Born:
5/8/1939
Birth Location:
Marietta
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Biography

Corporate executive Samuel Houston Howard was born on May 8, 1939 in Marietta, Oklahoma to Houston and Nellie Gaines Howard. Howard received his B.S. degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University in 1961, and his M.A. degree in economics from Stanford University in 1963.

From 1963 to 1967, Howard worked as a financial analyst with General Electric Company. In 1966 and 1967, he served as a White House Fellow and assistant to U.S. Ambassador Arthur Goldberg. From 1967 to 1968, Howard worked as director of educational computer services at Howard University and as a consultant to the U.S. Health, Education, and Welfare Department. He was then named vice president of finance, secretary and treasurer of TAW International Leasing Corporation, where he worked from 1968 until 1972. In 1972, he founded and served as chairman, president and CEO of Phoenix Holdings, Inc. and Phoenix Communications Group, Inc., which owned and operated broadcasting properties in Tennessee, Kansas and Mississippi.

Howard was hired as vice president of finance and business at Meharry Medical College in 1973. He then joined Hospital Affiliates International, Inc. as vice president of planning of the INA Health Care Group in 1977, and was promoted to vice president and treasurer in December of 1980. Howard was hired by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) as vice president and treasurer in 1981, and was promoted to senior vice president of public affairs in October of 1985. He resigned from HCA in 1988 in order to chair Phoenix Holdings, Inc. fulltime. In 1993, Howard became chairman, president and CEO of Xantus Corporation, an investor owned company that owns and operates health maintenance organizations.

Howard has been a member, board director or committee member of numerous organizations, including Southeast Community Capital; Nashville Electric Service; National Association of Corporate Directors; Nashville Chamber of Commerce; Federation of American Health Systems; Financial Executives Institute; National Easter Seal Society; National Urban League; Leadership Nashville Foundation; Project Reflect, Inc.; National Conference of Christians & Jews, Inc. (NCCJ); and United Way, among others. Howard was founder and director of 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, chairman of the board of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee, and trustee of Fisk University. He served on the Governor’s TennCare Roundtable in 1995 and the Boy Scouts Inner City Task Force Committee in 1988.

Howard was inducted into the Oklahoma State University School of Business Hall of Fame in 1983, and received the 1980 and 1984 Federation of American Hospitals President's Achievement Award. In 1994, he received the Nashville NAACP Branch Image Award for Lifetime Achievement and the NCCJ Human Relations Award. Howard received the Outstanding CEO Award among the 100 largest privately-held businesses in Nashville in 1997 and the Nashville Business Journal's 1995 Small Business Executive of the Year Award. He was honored as Nashvillian of the Year in 1998 by the Easter Seal Society of Tennessee and as Philanthropist of the Year in 1997 by the National Society of Fundraising Executives. In 2010, Howard received the White House Fellows John W. Gardner Legacy of Leadership Award.

Howard is the author of The Flight of the Phoenix: Thoughts on Work and Life, published in 2007.

Samuel H. Howard was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 24, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Samuel Howard's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Samuel Howard lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Samuel Howard describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Samuel Howard remembers his mother's Christian faith
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Samuel Howard talks about the African American community in Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Samuel Howard describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Samuel Howard describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Samuel Howard remembers his home life in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Samuel Howard describes his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Samuel Howard lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Samuel Howard describes his neighborhood in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Samuel Howard remembers segregation in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Samuel Howard describes the black business district in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Samuel Howard describes his employment during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Samuel Howard remembers his teachers at the Douglass School in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Samuel Howard remembers his start at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Samuel Howard remembers paying for his education at Oklahoma State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Samuel Howard remembers his experiences at Oklahoma State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Samuel Howard talks about race relations in Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Samuel Howard remembers his activities at Oklahoma State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Samuel Howard talks about his success at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Samuel Howard recalls his graduate studies at Stanford University in Stanford, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Samuel Howard remembers his courtship with his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Samuel Howard talks about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Samuel Howard remembers his computer training at General Electric
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Samuel Howard describes the White House Fellows program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Samuel Howard remembers being selected for the White House Fellows program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Samuel Howard talks about his wife's money management
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Samuel Howard recalls his experiences as a White House Fellow, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Samuel Howard recalls his experiences as a White House Fellow, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Samuel Howard talks about President Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Samuel Howard reflects upon his experiences as a White House Fellow
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Samuel Howard recalls his work as director of computer services at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Samuel Howard remembers his work with TAW International Leasing, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Samuel Howard talks about his radio station investments, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Samuel Howard talks about his radio station investments, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Samuel Howard recalls his work at Meharry Medical College and the Insurance Company of North America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Samuel Howard remembers filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Samuel Howard recalls serving as vice president and treasurer of the Hospital Corporation of America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Samuel Howard remembers founding a Medicaid HMO in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Samuel Howard remembers the allegations against his Medicaid HMO
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Samuel Howard recalls his exoneration from criminal charges
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Samuel Howard talks about his financial losses
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Samuel Howard describes his recent business ventures
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Samuel Howard describes his proposed changes to the Medicare system
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Samuel Howard talks about his community engagement in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Samuel Howard talks about his work with the Urban League of Middle Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Samuel Howard describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Samuel Howard talks about his employees
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Samuel Howard describes his children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Samuel Howard talks about the separation between his family life and business
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Samuel Howard describes his service with the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Samuel Howard talks about his wife
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Samuel Howard talks about his and his siblings' independence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Samuel Howard reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Samuel Howard describes how he would like to be remembered