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Darnelle Howell

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At 5 o’clock in the morning, somewhere in the Southeastern United States, before the majority of people have even stirred from their slumber, Darnelle Howell (DH) is already awake and engaged in prayer and meditation. Once he completes his spiritual practice, he fills his 2-liter water bottle and prepares a cup of turmeric green tea with ginger. Following this morning routine, he delves into reading Bloomberg and promptly immerses himself in his work.

DH’s typical workday encompasses a multitude of roles, reflecting his commitment to advocating for proper sleep and mental health breaks. As a father of two, he wears many hats, including those of a Serial Entrepreneur, a Founder/Executive Director of a Nonprofit, Consultant, Board Member, Mentor, and even a Student. Additionally, he finds solace and enjoyment in being an Avid Golfer.

Darnelle Howell is an individual driven by his passions, guided by a clear vision, and fueled by unwavering perseverance. He stands as the central force propelling Carter-Howell Global forward.

After savoring a few sips of tea and navigating through early morning conference calls, Darnelle sits down to respond to a series of questions:


Q: How does your passion motivate you to go out and be great?


“I strive for greatness in everything I undertake, whether it’s as mundane as vacuuming the floor or as significant as constructing a building. I hold myself and those who work with me to high standards, aspiring for nothing less than excellence. I am not content with being average; I am determined to be extraordinary. My goal is to have a positive impact on everyone I encounter and leave them better off than when I found them. I firmly believe that the energy I radiate is reciprocated.”

Q: What are three things you want to be remembered for and why?


“First and foremost, I want to be remembered as a man who faced numerous failures but consistently found the strength to rise again. It is through my failures that I have arrived at my current position and identity. I view failures as invaluable lessons that one can learn from and share with others. Therefore, I desire for people to draw not only from my successes but also from my failures.”

“Secondly, I aspire to leave a lasting legacy for my children, family, and community, particularly the Blackbelt Community in Alabama. I find inspiration in the achievements of A.G. Gaston and the empire he built, driven by his purpose. I aim to foster the next generation of young Black business leaders who possess the potential to build upon his foundation.”

“I want to assist millennials of color in navigating contemporary society, moving beyond the disproportionate emphasis placed on college degrees over practical experience. I hope to serve as an example that focus, hard work, determination, and resilience are the essential ingredients for fulfilling one’s dreams.”


Q: Speaking of millennials, what is the most significant piece of advice you want to impart to the next generation to ensure their success?


“Take the time to educate yourself on what truly matters to you. Surround yourself with the right people who can support and guide you. Write down your aspirations and set goals. Never hesitate to ask questions. Wake up each day with a strong belief in your rightful place in the world, and most importantly, remember that you cannot achieve success alone—keep God first and foremost in your life.”


More About Darnelle Howell

Darnelle Howell is the principal and driving force behind Howell Development & Construction (HD&C), a development and construction company. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Darnelle’s passion lies in creating homes and businesses that contribute to the growth and enhancement of communities.

Darnelle’s journey in the field of development and construction began with various roles that provided him with a comprehensive understanding of overseeing projects from start to finish. Prior to establishing HD&C, he served as a Project Manager and Regional Maintenance Director, where he was responsible for supervising the construction and maintenance of numerous multi-family communities comprising more than 4,650 units. Throughout his career, Darnelle has amassed extensive expertise in diverse areas, including ground-up construction, renovations, rehabs, and project management.

When working with HD&C, clients can expect a hands-on approach from Darnelle himself, ensuring that each project receives the same level of commitment and personalized attention. With national licensure, HD&C undertakes projects in various locations such as Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Kansas City, Florida, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Darnelle looks forward to forging lasting partnerships and collaborating in the creation of vibrant communities. Connect with him today to embark on the journey of building together.

Howell Development & Construction (HD&C), a flagship business unit led by Darnelle Howell, is headquartered in the Southeast with offices in Birmingham, AL, and Atlanta, GA. Complemented by field teams spread across Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, HD&C offers a wide range of construction and development services.

Our dedicated team at HD&C approaches every project, whether it’s single-family homes, multi-family structures, or retail shopping centers, with meticulous attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to excellence. With each endeavor, we strive to uphold our reputation as a dependable and trustworthy building partner, ensuring successful outcomes even for the most intricate undertakings while adhering to budgetary constraints and meeting deadlines. Recognizing the importance of shared vision throughout the development process, we actively engage with our clients at every stage, aligning our efforts to help them achieve their goals. This collaborative approach is at the core of our values.

Darnelle’s invite you to reach out to us to discover more about his company and the ways in which we can assist you in constructing the future of tomorrow, today.