The Howard Group


Our Staff

Peter Travis  

Peter has over 20 years of experience as a lead recruiter in the employee benefits field. Before joining the recruiting profession, Peter practiced law for nearly a decade,focusing on products liability defense, ERISA, and international reinsurance company insolvencies.

He has received numerous awards for his recruiting production, but what sets Peter apart is his ability to build client relationships that are, in some instances, approaching two decades in duration.  This is because Peter builds lasting foundations, focusing on the long-term picture and placing the needs of his clients and candidates at the top of his priority list.  His personal success follows.   Peter is certified as both a Voluntary Worksite and Self-Funding Professional by NAHU.


Brian Howard  

Brian Howard has earned the reputation with hiring executives and candidates as one of the most experienced, credentialed, awarded, and effective executive recruiter in the industry. He is President of The Howard Group and has over 24 years of recruiting experience devoted exclusively to the medical self-funding, stop loss, population health management, and healthcare and workers’ compensation cost containment industries.

Brian is the only executive recruiter to have achieved the Certified Self Funding Specialist(CSFS) designation through the Health Care Administrators Association and International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).

Brian's expertise is filling positions in sales, sales management, client and account management, stop loss underwriting, operational management, and senior leadership positions.

RecruitingCareer Achievements include:

● Four-TimeNational Billing Manager of the Year Finalist

● The HowardGroup has received the prestigious Best in Class Award for Overall ClientSatisfaction

● The HowardGroup has been honored with the International Office of the Year Award.

● Member of an affiliate organization’s “Hall of Fame.”

Brian is the author of The Motivated Series of job search books published by WriteLife Publishing.

These books include:

The Motivated Job Search

The Motivated Networker

Over 50 and Motivated

The Motivated Job Search Workbook

Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles 

Brian is a career transition coach. Professional designations include: Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), and Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW). He uses his coaching skills when working with candidates when conducting searches.

Brian is a speaker on the topics of job search having conducted and recorded several podcasts and webinars through CareerMetis and TalentMark.

Twitter: @themotiv8djobsrch


Randy Hudlin  

Randy has been a lead recruiter for The Howard Group for 20 years. Randy manages the Property & Casualty recruiting group, which focuses nationally on positions for P&C carriers, MGA’s, Wholesale Brokers, Program Administrators and Agencies of all sizes. He fills multi-line P&C positions as well as specialized areas, to include: Surety, Transportation, Professional Liability, Life Sciences, Environmental, Long Term Care, and Healthcare. Randy works on C-level positions and frontline employees alike. He also assists his Agency and MGA clients in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions and the purchase of books of business.

Prior to joining our firm, Randy had several years of successful sales, marketing, and management experience in the Telecommunications industry. He has received numerous awards based on his recruiting production and has placed well over 300 professionals during his tenure. Randy works professionally, efficiently, and honestly for his client companies and candidates, keeping their best interest in mind as he completes each recruiting project.

Kathy Howard  

Kathy is a co-founder of The Howard Group and manages the Healthcare Technology recruiting practice for the company as well. She has been involved in the recruiting industry for over 25 years and was a National Rookie of the Year with a nationally recognized recruiting organization.
Prior to her career in recruiting, Kathy worked for Coca-Cola, foods division. She was the youngest person at that time to be promoted to district manager.
Besides managing the Healthcare Technology recruiting desk, Kathy assists in the strategic direction of the firm. She assists recruiters on active searches. She is in charge of recruiting, screening, hiring, and assisting in the initial training of new recruiters. She on-boards and mentors new recruiters through the first several months of employment.  

Heath Osborn  

Heath specializes in healthcare technology with a focus in sales, account management, and selected operational management positions in the healthcare technology arenaHe actively recruits positions in EHR, RCM, population health, data analytics, medical billing and coding, cybersecurity, supply chain management, RTLS, telemedicine and additional positions in outsourced services, BPO and consulting.

Heath has a law degree from the University of Kansas where he focused on several aspects of the employment process including hiring practices,discrimination and benefits along with healthcare specific Federal regulations such as COBRA.

Heath brings his unique industry experience and insight to the field of executive search. As a licensed life and health producer, Heath has worked in the medical self-funding industry for several years with a nationally recognized third party administrator. Heath is conversant in a variety of self-funded plan arrangements, FSA, HRA, COBRA as well as the Affordable Care Act and its requirements on employers, health plans
and health care providers.  He is intimately familiar with multiple healthcare technology applications and software providers as they relate to self-funded benefits administration. Heath is a member of the HFMA Heart of America chapter and HIMSS.

Jessica Peterson  

Jessie is the first point of contact with all vendors and service providers. She oversee's all office operations including the planning and execution of all firm events. Create and execute all social media initiatives for the firm as well as Brian Howard’s books, The Motivated Series of job search books.  

Office Roles

As the Executive Assistant, Jessie has a significant client interaction by being the first point of contact our clients have when they call The Howard Group. In her role, she manages many different departmental duties such as: HR, Payroll, Accounting, Receivables and Office Management.

- Prepare invoices for distribution. Process and monitor incoming payments, verifying and post receipts to match invoices.
- Complete payments and control expenses by receiving, processing, verifying, and reconciling invoices.
- Processing of incoming candidates, new hires, terminations, employees benefits and maintain current forms and applications.
- Working with recruiters to ensure that opportunities to understand and meet the clients’ needs are maximized.
- Event planning.
- Set up and maintain office software and platforms such as; Microsoft applications, LinkedIn.
- Report building maintenance issues
- Identify and troubleshoot IT issues.