CAST Engagement Director
The business world is currently in desperate need of professionals who will advocate for the needs of their employees, customers, and local communities. That has made Darrell Howell one of the industry's most respected business leaders. He has established himself in various fields, including insurance, banking, the restaurant industry, and philanthropy. In doing so, he has set an excellent example for many others who want to follow in his footsteps while also spending time with those closest to him.
Darrell was born in the Tennessee town of Waynesboro. He had a wide range of interests as a child. He always enjoyed exploring Tennessee's mountains and connecting with nature whenever he could. He was also very involved in extracurricular activities at school, particularly sports and the arts. Even though he worked hard in school, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do when he grew up. As a result, he tried to participate in as many activities as possible to figure out what he was passionate about. He eventually realized that he wanted to spend his life helping others, and he believed that starting a business was one of the best ways to do so.
He attended the University of North Alabama after graduating from high school. He enrolled in various business courses, eventually concentrating on accounting and management. He earned a BS in Accounting and Management from the University of North Alabama in 1989. While he is proud of his college achievements, he is most proud of meeting the love of his life while attending the University of North Alabama. He married in June 1990 and has two wonderful children with his wife.
He worked for several years after receiving his bachelor's degree. He began his career as a Controller at a bank in Waynesboro, where he assisted with bookkeeping. He was in charge of keeping all budgets on track, managing accounts payable and receivable, and keeping the bank profitable. Even though he spent as much time as possible with his wife, he knew he needed to invest in his career. He put in many extra hours to ensure that all loose ends were tied up. This resulted in several promotions, and he eventually moved from being a Controller at a local bank to being the CFO of a multibillion-dollar insurance company's Canadian division. By 1999, he had climbed to the top.
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