Director, Heatron; Advisory Board Member, The Bama Companies
Darcy A. Howe is a high performance executive and board director with extensive experience building an entrepreneurial business within a Fortune 100 company in the financial services industry. As the founding partner and co-development lead for an elite private banking and investment group, she brings 30 years of financial services experience with strategic planning skills, general business management expertise, and business advisory services. Her clients include entrepreneurs, family business owners, Fortune 500 executives and two Forbes 400 families. Darcy is an experienced board director, who brings a strategic perspective with financial discipline and risk assessment expertise to the boards, companies, and the families she serves. As a Senior Vice President of Investments for Merrill Lynch, Darcyâs group also functions as the family office for many high net-worth clients. Her practice, The Howe/Hise/Lowry Group, founded by Darcy, delivers a full range of seamless services that include portfolio management, risk assessment, regulatory insight, governance oversight, multi-generational financial education, and business advisory services. Additionally, as a senior executive of Merrill Lynch, Darcy is responsibility for practice vision, development, growth, talent acquisition and management, and full P&L accountability. Her group is focused on creating a defined vision for her clients, intentional strategic planning, continuous education on options and opportunities, and a collaborative partnership with effective communications that serve her clientsâ growth plans. As a result, she delivers clear business and financial decision-making processes that incorporate leadership succession. Darcy founded her investment practice in 1984. She established her credentials by developing new business and operating models which helped define financial planning road maps that resulted in robust diversification and higher performance to those she serves. Her innovation, business expertise, and collaborative style led to her being selected in 2000, from 16,000 colleagues, to form the elite 300-advisor Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch. From 2006-2008, Darcy was a member of the Merrill Lynch Private Wealth Advisory Council to Management. The Council was established in 2000, with the intention of forming a collaborative relationship with executive leadership in support of business imperatives, improvements to company platforms, and to drive innovation. In 2012, Darcy received the Kansas City Business Journal "Women Who Mean Business" award. In 2009, Barronâs Magazine named Darcy âTop 100 Women Advisors in the U.S.â and, in 2007, Darcy was honored as Worth Magazine âTop 100 Wealth Advisors in the U.S.â Darcy has brought her diverse experience and talents as an advisor to numerous boards and committees. Her value to these boards includes: strategic oversight on growth, expansion, consumer insights, alliances, process improvement, branding, and change initiatives. As a founding member of a women-led angel investing network, she helped the organization create a path for 72 women-led ventures to apply for angel funding, with 25 of those companies moving forward for investor presentations. To date, 6 companies have received funding. As further evidence of Darcyâs diverse board experience, from 2010 to present, she has been serving on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Compensation and Audit Committees of Heatron, an engineering company specializing in custom heating and LED integration. In January 2013, Darcy was nominated to the Board of Advisors of The Bama Companies. An international foodservices company that manufactures and distributes bakery goods, Bamaâs operations facilities are located in Tulsa, OK, Beijing and Guangzhou, China and in Poznan, Poland. She launched her career with Armstrong World Industries in the New York City office as a representative for commercial accounts. Darcyâs tenure with Armstrong provided her with an invaluable foundation on production and distribution systems, brand building, marketing, and sales.