Richard Howe, director of operations at the North Caspian Operating Company for Shell Oil Company, spoke to students on Thursday, Nov. 16, as the first guest of this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series at Florida College. Howe led the daily chapel devotion and addressed upper-division students in the business administration program. He visited several classes including Human Resource Management, Organizational Leadership and Corporate Finance.

During his visit, Howe spent time explaining how Christian values bring trust, compassion and stewardship to the market place. Students were engaged in meaningful conversations that brought context and hope for them as they look forward to their own careers.

Before joining Shell Oil Company, Howe studied at Florida College from 1994-1995 and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering and business administration. He has supported assets for Shell around the world in locations such as Nigeria, Brazil, Malaysia and the United States. He has also held technical and leadership roles in refining, chemicals, deepwater and international joint ventures assets.

Howe served as deacon at the Alief Church of Christ in Houston, Texas, before moving out of the United States. He now lives in Kazakhstan with his wife, Robyn, and their three children Gage, Audrey and Asher.

Florida College regularly invites guest speakers, like Richard Howe, to visit campus for the Distinguished Speaker Series in order to provide students with opportunities to learn from others who are positive role models and successful in their chosen fields.