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 Conrad (Andy) Howell, President

Conrad Andy Howell is an educator, author and businessman, Andy's real interests and deep seated involvement are in the education of our youth. In order to promote education and scholarship in the urban and under-serviced areas in the United States, he has founded "Sidewalk University". A "new concept" for helping young people gains access to higher education.

Andy is the founder of the RDS Investment Club, which was featured in the June 2000 edition of Black Enterprise Magazine. He formed the investment club to teach individuals how to invest in the stock market. 

July 27, 2002 Conrad Andy Howell was the Grand Marshal of the Jersey City West Indian, Caribbean and American Carnival. The carnival association honored Grand Marshal Conrad Andy Howell for providing scholarships to individuals that are pursuing a post secondary education and his continual dedication to educating our youths by developing more education programs.

Honorable Conrad Andy Howell was declared an "Honorary Citizen" of Jersey City, New Jersey on November 1, 2002 by Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham for his contributions to the betterment of the cities of Jersey City, New Jersey and Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda. 

Andy was awarded the 2005 Information Services Jim Casey (Founder of United Parcel Service (UPS)) Community Service Award. The award is presented to an individual who has performed outstanding volunteer service in his/her community. 

Professor Howell is the co-author of Sidewalk University Economic Empowerment. The book addresses financial illiteracy and the need to increase the amount of children acquiring college degrees.

Andy received a United States Senate Proclamation from New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, on behalf of the people of the State of New Jersey, recognizing him for his commitment to helping empower students and his pledge to create real and powerful change in our community, on March 31, 2007.

Howell received the President's Volunteer Service Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, on behalf of President Barack Obama, on November 28, 2012. The award was presented to Andy for his commitment to strengthening our nation and for making a difference through volunteer service.

Andy has made a tremendous commitment to serving the needs of others through volunteerism.  He serves on the Consortium for Pre-College Education in Greater Newark Advisory Board, New Jersey; New Hope ETC Board, Jersey City; and Monroe College School of Information Technology Advisory Board, New York.  

Past volunteer affiliations include President of Dollars for Scholars of Northern New Jersey; Urban League of Hudson County, New Jersey; The Vertiers Group, Brooklyn, New York; Antigua and Barbuda Council of Organizations Board, Harlem, New York; Academic Excellence Board, Jersey City, New Jersey; The Children's Village Board, Teaneck, New Jersey.

Andy attended Lincoln High School in Jersey City, NJ. While attending Lincoln he was an outstanding track and field athlete. After graduating in 1983, he went on to attend and graduate from St. Peter's College in 1987 earning a BS degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. While attending St. Peter's, "Andy" was elected President of the Black Action Committee and was a Student Counsel Senator representing the class of 1987 from 1984-86.

Conrad is married to Lisa Susan Gaffin-Howell, the couple has three children, Gabrielle, Conrad, and Danielle.

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