The Howard Group


Our Staff

Peter Travis  

Peter has 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 several awards based upon his recruiting production, consistently ranks in the top 10% of several thousand recruiters in our affiliated organization, and is a member of our affiliate organization’s “Hall of Fame.”  Peter is also a NAHU Certified Voluntary Worksite Professional.

Brian Howard  

Brian is President of The Howard Group and has over 24 years of recruiting experience devoted exclusivelyto 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.

Career Achievements include:

● Four-Time National Billing Manager of the Year Finalist 

● The Howard Group has received the prestigious Best in Class Award for Overall Client Satisfaction

● The Howard Group 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. These books include:

The Motivated Job Search (published 2016)

The Motivated Networker (published 2016)

Over 50 and Motivated (release in the Spring of2017)

The Motivated Job Search Workbook (release in the Spring of2017)

Motivated Resumes (release in the Fall of 2017),and

The Motivated Job Interview (release in the Spring 2018)

Brian is also a career transition coach. Professional designations include: Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), and Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW).

Common topics for coaching sessions include: LinkedIn profile optimization (popular), career direction and passion, job search preparation, resumes, networking, finding the hidden job market, interviewing (several topics) including differentiation techniques, and sessions for job seekers over 50 - obstacles and success strategies.    

Brian is the owner of two LinkedIn Groups: Motivated Job Seekers and Over 50 Job Seekers.

Twitter: @bhowardauthor


Randy Hudlin  

Randy has been a lead recruiter for The Howard Group for over 18 years. Randy manages the Property & Casualty recruiting group, which focuses nationally on positions for P&C carriers, MGA’s, Wholesale Brokers, and agencies of all sizes. His clients ask him to fill multi-line P&C positions as well as specialized areas, to include: Surety, Transportation, Professional Liability, Life Sciences, Long Term Care, and Healthcare. Randy has vast experience working 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, consistently ranks in the top 10% of several thousand recruiters in our affiliated organization, and has placed well over 250 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 arena.

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.

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.