Southport Mayor Robert Howard Joins Commission Board

Speaker of the House Joe Hackney has appointed Robert Howard, mayor of Southport, to serve on the board of directors of North Carolina’s Southeast Commission. Mr. Howard brings a wealth of experience in banking, real estate and local government to the region’s lead economic development marketing organization.

Despite the busy demands of running his own business and serving as Southport’s mayor, Mr. Howard agreed to join the Commission’s board because the current economic environment demands regional development be a high priority. “The Southeast Commission is all about economic development, and we certainly need it,” Mr. Howard says. “I’m happy to be associated with the North Carolina’s Southeast and be able to assist in bringing in new industries.”

Mr. Howard, a Southport native, was a senior executive at United Carolina Bank for 23 years. In the late 1990s, he was instrumental in establishing Waccamaw Bank, a full-service financial institution based in Whiteville now with 17 branches in the Carolinas. His background includes executive education at the North Carolina School of Banking in Chapel Hill and advanced studies in banking and leadership at Louisiana State University and the University of Maryland.  “Banking is in my blood, and that may be something that helps me add value to the Commission board,” he says. Mr. Howard also owns self-storage facilities and a property management business in Columbus County.