When Kristi Howell joined the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce (BCRCC) as its President and CEO in December 2002, she became only the second executive in its 27-year history. Since then, the Chamber has grown and evolved through her focus on membership, programming, annual budgeting, and staffing.
Committees now available to BCRCC members as a result of Ms. Howell’s vision include: Women in Business, the Military Relations Council, the Young Professionals Network, HR Council, Legal Professionals Roundtable, the Hospitality & Tourism Council, and the Healthcare Issues Council. Under her leadership, the Chamber has added signature regional events including the Education & Workforce Conference and South Jersey’s Healthcare Forum.
An active member of the Burlington County community, Kristi serves on numerous boards and committees. Her most recent board appointments are with the YMCA of the Pines and Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey Advisory Council. She proudly continues to serve as a member of the Visit South Jersey and American Cancer Society Advisory Board.
She co-chairs the Joint Base Open House Foundation, which raises funds for its Annual Open House & Air Expo at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL). Another commitment in Kristi’s JB MDL portfolio is Director Emeritus of Honorary Commander’s Program. She currently serves as one of two civic leaders representing JBMDL on the Air Mobility Command National Civic Leader’s council.
Kristi Howell is a longtime resident of Burlington County (over 30 years). She holds a Bachelor of Arts (in Government and Politics) from Widener University. Prior to joining the BCRCC, Kristi worked with NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman and Acting Governor/NJ Senate President Donald DiFrancesco at the State House in Trenton.
Kristi has received numerous honors in her sixteen years as the CEO of BCRCC, including the inaugural 20 under 40 award for SJ Biz, Burlington County Women of Distinction and the NAWBO SJ – Glass Ceiling award. In 2018 she was honored by SJ Magazine as a Woman of Excellence in Leadership. She is looking forward to receiving the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce Foundation Community Service Award -Small Business Person of the Year.