Howard is a partner of Meridian and is the Director of Research. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Portfolio Management Group. He is responsible for manager research, due diligenceand monitoring and also focuses on manager business and operational risk analysis. Prior to joining Meridian in 2001, Howard served as a Vice President in the Finance Division at SCOR U.S. Corporationand began his career with KPMG Peat Marwick. He is a graduate of Pace University with a B.B.A. degree and is a Certified Public Accountant.