Howard A. Lewis, M.A., M.S., CBA, CVA, ABAR, BCA, is the former Executive Director of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the nation’s oldest membership association serving the educational and accreditation needs of business appraisers. Prior to joining the IBA in 2008, Howard served as the National Program Manager for the Engineering and Valuation Programs at the Internal Revenue Service. Howard worked for the IRS for over thirty-two years, serving as a valuation engineer, and first-level, mid-level, and top- level manager, both in the engineering and valuation programs, as well as the corporate examination programs. Howard was also the IRS’ national quality improvement coordinator, where he assembled, trained, and facilitated dozens of teams in their system improvement activities.
Howard received his graduate and undergraduate degrees in Industrial Engineering from New York University. His first job was as an industrial engineer with the largest elevator manufacturer in the world, where he specialized in work measurement and design, ranging from classical time and motion studies, to plant layout and design. Howard designed the packaging systems and field assembly procedures for the installation of the elevators at the World Trade Center, the largest project of its type at the time. In 2016, Howard and his wife, Ramona, both graduated from Knox Theological Seminary with Masters degrees in Biblical and Theological Studies.
Howard began his IRS career as a field engineer, evaluating depreciation rates, plant construction capital budgeting and accounting, and learning the practice of real property appraisal and business valuation. Howard became a team leader, coach, and first-level supervisor, and managed groups in the 80s and 90s in New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. Howard became a mid-level manager in the mid-1980s, and was responsible for the audit project of the largest tax protestor case in United States history.
In the late 1980s, Howard assisted in the design of a group decision support system, developed at the University of Minnesota, and managed the largest research project using GDSS in history, encompassing thousands of teams in multiple sites. Howard constructed several decision rooms, implemented the GDSS systems, recorded results, facilitated and instructed teams, and collaborated in several published research papers, including a HICCS award-winning paper, presented in Hawaii, in the early 1990s.
Howard was selected in 2000 as the first IRS National Program Manager for the engineering and valuation programs. He created the national program, established the staffing of approximately 400, and focused on improving the knowledge, skill and abilities of the IRS engineers and appraisers. Howard wrote the first valuation standards ever implemented at IRS, created credentialing programs enabling hundreds of staff members to study for and attain their appraisal certifications, and worked with the leading national appraiser membership associations to strengthen the government- private partnership.
Howard lectures widely on business valuation, report writing and review and tax controversy issues. He is a co-author of a text on business valuation for business owners, has developed courses in business valuation and related appraisal fields and has testified in the United States Tax Court.
Howard lives in Coral Springs, Florida, with his wife, Ramona Anderson. They have eight children and, at latest count, fourteen grandchildren.