Featured business person: Josh Howell

Howell has been around big-time athletics most of his life, from growing up as the son of a major league baseball player to working for the athletic departments at Wichita State University and the University of Arkansas.

His new job at Intrust Bank Arena will require him to work in more fields than just sports, and Howell said he’s ready.

“Now I’ll be able to translate, the good and the bad, from sports to entertainment,” he said. “Whether it’s sports, concerts, family shows, it’s the entertainment industry.”

Howell, 28, grew up in north Texas. His father, Jack Howell, played for the California Angels, San Diego Padres and Houston Astros as well as two teams in Japan, where Josh spent part of his childhood.

Howell started college at the University of Arizona and switched to WSU after meeting his wife, Lori, whose family lives here. He earned a degree in sports management, left to work at Arizona State for two years, then returned to work as a graduate assistant in WSU’s athletic department while earning his master’s degree in sports management.

He followed his boss to a job in Arkansas, where he was in charge of marketing men’s basketball games and softball. “That was a lot of fun working with (Razorbacks coach) Mike Anderson,” he said.

Howell and his wife have a 1-year-old daughter, Keira, and are expecting their second child.

Joe Stumpe