President, Brownstein Corporation; Director, P&F Industries, PICO Holdings, Inc.
Howard Brod Brownstein is President of Brownstein Corporation, which obtains financing and buyers for companies large and small, and provides turnaround management and advisory services to companies and their stakeholders, as well as fiduciary services, litigation consulting, and investigations. Mr. Brownstein regularly serves as an independent board member, and has chaired board Audit, Nominating and Strategic Planning/Risk Assessment committees. He currently serves on the board of P&F Industries (NasdaqGM: PFIN), a manufacturer and distributor of air-powered tools and hardware. Mr. Brownsteinâs board experience spans a broad range of domestic and international industries, including basic metals production, manufacturing, apparel design and retailing, banking and financial services, as well as nonprofit organizations. Such positions have included âsensitive situationsâ involving, e.g., governance issues and restructuring. He previously served as sole board member of Betsey Johnson LLC, a privately-held designer and retailer of womenâs apparel, on the board of Special Metals Corporation, a $1 billion nickel alloy producer, where he also chaired the Audit Committee, and on the board and Audit Committee of Magnatrax Corporation, a $500 million manufacturer of metal buildings. He also served as Board Chair of the National Philanthropic Trust, among the fastest-growing charities and largest grant-making institutions nationally (over $1 billion to date), and the largest independent provider of donor-advised funds. Mr. Brownsteinâs additional board experience includes a regional bank, a retail department store, and nonprofit Boards including board chair of a United Way agency. Previously, Mr. Brownstein was Managing Director of Enprotech Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITOCHU (formerly C. Itoh), a Japanese trading company, then one of the worldâs largest companies. Mr. Brownstein served in several senior executive and board positions, including CEO and COO of The Stone Group, a leading multinational manufacturer of comfort and safety equipment for the passenger rail industry with operations in the United States, Spain and England. Prior to becoming a turnaround management consultant, Mr. Brownstein founded a metals trading firm. Mr. Brownstein is a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP). He has served on the boards of the Turnaround Management Association, the Commercial Finance Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute, as well as board committees and program leadership, and received TMAâs âOutstanding Individual Contributionâ award in 2007. He has published over seventy articles, books and chapters, and serves as a contributing editor to two publications. He is an annual guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU, Villanova, and Northeastern, as well as at professional and educational programs. Howard Brownstein is a graduate of Harvard University, where he obtained J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, and of the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained B.S. and B.A. degrees from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences.