Howard Brodsky

Graduating class of 1962



Howard Brodsky, one of the leading entrepreneurs and cooperative leaders in America, was an outstanding athlete while a student at Central High School, playing varsity basketball and football, and was named an All-State player. After being graduated from Wesleyan University, he returned to his hometown to run a small family business, Dean's Carpeting. Howard soon began to notice that many independent retailers were being driven out of business by the bigger conglomerates, so he and a friend formed a cooperative. This would provide smaller local businesses with the tools and buying power of the conglomerates, while allowing them to remain independent. Thus, CCA Global Partners rose to financial success world-wide, with Howard continuing to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. More recently, he applied the same model to non-profits to even greater success. Although a highly successful businessman, Howard has always found time to contribute to his community, both locally and nationally. He serves as Chair of the Board of the Floor Covering Foundation, and is on the board of Southern New Hampshire University, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the Elliot Health System, among a host of many others. He is also founder and Chair of the Better Business Bureau of New Hampshire. As expected, Howard has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He is a member of, and the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, the World Floor Covering Industry Hall of Fame, and the National Cooperative Hall of Fame, where he joins the first inductee, Benjamin Franklin. He was named Retail Entrepreneur of the Year, and received the Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative Award of the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the Granite State Legacy Award. A published author, Howard is also a justice of the peace. To date, he holds a perfect record. Of the more than one dozen marriages he has performed, all remain intact. Howard's entrepreneurial expertise is recognized world-wide, bringing honor to him, his family- his two sons are also Central alumni- and to his alma mater. For this, he is most worthy of being inducted into the Manchester High School Central Hall of Fame.