A Compassionate Problem-Solver
Josh Howes is a problem-solver who has never met a challenge he couldn’t overcome with a little bit of compassion and a little bit of logistical know-how.
“I love to solve problems, especially when those solutions come with making other people’s lives better,” he says.
As the President of Premier Alaska Tours, Josh solves logistical problems, ensuring that visitors to Alaska have a wonderful experience. As a Red Cross of Alaska board member, Josh brings this same combination of kindness and operational knowledge to the table, working to raise funds the Red Cross of Alaska depends on to prevent emergencies, respond to disasters, and provide aid for those in need.
“I enjoy helping others and I enjoy putting together a plan to solve problems. Doing both of these things are exactly what disaster management is all about.” -Josh Howes
A Logistically-Minded Humanitarian
Prompted by his interest in finding solutions to humanitarian problems, Josh attended several Red Cross Disaster Services classes some years ago.
“I enjoy helping others and I enjoy putting together a plan to solve problems. Doing both of these things are exactly what disaster management is all about,” he says. When in June of 2014 the opportunity arose to serve on the board of the Red Cross of Alaska, he did not think twice.
“This is a great organization run by and for amazing individuals,” he says. With a bachelor’s degree in International Business and a master’s in Global Supply Chain Management, Josh uses his expertise to manage the logistical challenges present in fundraising events like the Kenai Fjords Dinner Cruise and the Red Cross Denali Ride & Dine.
Real Heroes Breakfast Emcee
For the past two years, Josh has been involved with the Red Cross Real Heroes breakfast, first as a presenter and the next year as a co-host. In Josh’s words, this event honors those “individuals (who have) made a positive impact on the lives of other people in their community.”
The breakfast, Josh says, “is a very fun and inspiring way to start the day,” and is also the Red Cross of Alaska’s largest fundraiser of the year. Josh’s particular combination of compassion and logistical skill helps strike the perfect tone for the breakfast, an event he says is characterized by “lots of smiles, lots of tears, and lots of applause.”
Ultimately, Josh’s goal is to support the Red Cross to the best of his ability. “My hope,” he says, “is to help the Red Cross run smoothly and be a resource for the community.”