BRYAN M. HOWELL
People Centric Leader
Bryan is a native of Benton, KY. From the onset, Bryan was drawn to influence people from a positive perspective. His leadership began on the baseball diamond as a catcher, pitcher, and third baseman. In high school, he led the welding and FFA teams to a strong showing at the state level competitions. At 17, he was promoted to Crew Leader at the local Hardee’s restaurant. In college, he remained active in sports, worked full-time on the Briggs and Stratton assembly line while earning a Bachelor’s in Psychology. His first role after graduation was the HR Leader for the local Pepsi distributor. After learning a bit from his wife Carrie about programming, he taught himself web development and design. He carved a niche in providing strong User Experience for the software applications on which he worked. Later, this function would be labeled “UX Architecture”. After resisting leadership roles for years, he finally agreed to take on a Director role for the State of Colorado. Since then, he has held leadership roles in many disciplines inside the software development industry. He has worked as a consultant in many states in the US and several countries in Europe. He is currently the National Manager for Application Development at Konica Minolta. His duties include, hiring, budgeting, planning, organizing, product management, and software delivery. He has 14 full-time and over 20 contract employees. He has multiple certifications from Microsoft and Adobe. He currently resides in Santa Fe, NM with Carrie and his two Goldendoodles, Pretzel and Kirby. He is still active in sports including Tennis, Golf, Road Cycling, Trail Running, and Snowboarding. He is also a 2x Ironman Triathlon finisher along with completing the Pike’s Peak Marathon.
Spencer KirschnerServe the Future
Passionate about promoting tennis and empowering the next generation, I am a dedicated advocate for providing youth with access to tennis. With a background in elementary education and previous board experience, I am committed to making a difference in the lives of young individuals through the transformative power of tennis.
Mission and Vision:
As a board member for the initiative, my primary mission is to break down barriers and create a level playing field in the world of tennis. I believe that tennis has the potential to instill essential life skills in children from all walks of life. By giving underserved youth access to tennis, we not only introduce them to a physically active lifestyle but also provide them with valuable life lessons such as discipline, teamwork, resilience, and determination. Our vision
is to foster a nurturing environment where every child, regardless of their socio-economic background, has an opportunity to explore their potential on and off the tennis court.
Experience and Contributions:
Starting out as an elementary school teacher in Phoenix, I quickly became addicted to the joy of working with children. During my time as a teacher, I spearheaded projects that would provide additional opportunities for my students. Whether we were raising money or bringing field experts to school, my focus has always been increasing exposure to the world around them. Additionally, I have served as the president of the Fletcher Farms HOA for the past 9 years.
During this time, my responsibilities included: Presiding over Meetings, Implementing Policies and Bylaws, Board Oversight, Communication, Financial Oversight, Community Relations, Enforcing Rules and Regulations, Legal Compliance, Long-term Planning
In a previous employment role, I worked very closely with the Phoenix Union High School District and feeder districts, where I was fortunate to work inside the buildings while developing rapport with students and teachers. This experience will serve me well in understanding the community and how to operate best within their standards.
As a board member dedicated to empowering dreams through tennis, my future goals include expanding our reach to more communities. I aim to collaborate with the community and professionals to host workshops and clinics, inspiring young minds and instilling the spirit of sportsmanship in them.
Empowering underserved children through tennis is not just a mission; it is a purpose. I am determined to dedicate my time, expertise, and network to level the playing field and open doors of opportunity for the youth in need. Together, as a united board and community, we can make a difference and create a lasting legacy.