Jack Howley of Rumson, N.J., was awarded the 2013 Founder’s Medal by Bergen Catholic High School during its sixth annual Crusader Gala on November 21, 2013. Howley, a 1979 graduate of Bergen Catholic and a former Teaneck resident, was honored before a record crowd of over 600 fellow alumni, benefactors, associates, friends and family. The event, which is the school’s largest fundraiser of the year, was held at The Venetian in Garfield, N.J.
Howley, who is principal owner of Howley Financial Group in Rumson, has supported the school in a number of ways, including providing scholarships to students who are academically qualified but not able to afford tuition. “I am fortunate to be able to give back to the school that changed my life, and to offer others the opportunity to have a similar experience,” said Howley.
A recognized leader in the financial services industry, Howley began his career with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in 1983 and has provided wealth creation and protection services to more than 3,000 clients since founding his firm in 1987. He attributes his success to the values he learned during his high school years. “I received a great education and also learned valuable lessons about the importance of living with passion, purpose and a sense of self. These lessons have served me well and are gifts that I use to inspire others: To strive for excellence; to be compassionate and help others; and to make a difference.”
Howley is known for his dedication to making a difference, particularly in Monmouth County where he is deeply involved with local organizations, non-profits and causes that hold meaning for him. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, the Rumson Fair-Haven Run, the legendary Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and The Randy Foye Foundation, and is an avid supporter of the Jay Dooley Foundation and Lunch Break, among others. He is also on the board of the Charles Edison Fund, Edison Innovation Foundation.
“Jack Howley has earned his success by working hard and helping others—both professionally and personally,” said Steven Ferrara, CEO of Northeast Planning Corporation, a longtime affiliate of Howley Financial Group. “Whether serving selflessly as a mentor to hundreds of career financial professionals or investing time and resources in his community, giving back is not what Jack does—it’s who he is. He is a role model for students and an inspiration to all who know him, and this recognition is well-deserved.”
Howley has earned numerous accolades throughout his distinguished career. A 25-time member of Guardian’s “Executive Committee,” he is currently serving as the Metropolitan Vice President of the 2013-14 Executive Committee. He also is a member of the Monmouth County Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Newark Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.