On January 20th, 2020,  Rob and Cathie Howard purchased the Charleston Tradebank franchise. It has been a whirlwind three months since the Tradebank Broker’s conference held in Charleston, SC, when their good friend, Tyke Hillmer, owner of Tradebank of Knoxville, suggested the idea of purchasing the Charleston franchise. 

Rob, after 30 years of service as an Infantry Officer in the Army, has returned to his hometown of Charleston. He is looking forward to using his leadership experience to serve current and future Tradebank members.

Cathie, also a retired Army officer, is a displaced Yankee from New London, Connecticut, and has a strong background in Corporate Human Resources and Business Management. She, too, is ready to use her professional talents to grow the Charleston franchise.

They have four fabulous children, Drew (26), a firefighter in Colorado, Olivia (19), who is continuing the family tradition of military service in the Air Force, Alex(11), and Victoria (10), who are 5th graders in elementary school.

Rob and Cathie enjoy traveling, golfing, eating good food, and taking their kids to fun parks!

Valerie Hale, Tradebank’s CEO, states that “Tradebank is very excited for Cathie, Rob, and their family. Charleston has terrific members who are supportive and have expressed interest in building the Tradebank community.  The  Howards are a great addition to the Tradebank Team, and we look forward to seeing the new business growth in the Low Country.