Class of 1963
Inducted in 2009
Howard was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 2009.
Howard Shinkle ran the South Omaha Airport as the Flight Line Manager at age 16, and received his pilot's license at 17, served in the U.S. Army for two years and in the Army Reserve National Guard for six years. At 22, he became General Manager for Cummins Diesel Engines in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and then returned to Omaha to start Heavy Duty Parts, Inc., which he later sold.
He served as a Manager at Christensen Equipment Company before becoming President and Founder of STATS in 1990 to a Fortune 500 company, he served as a consultant to manufacturers for marketing their products. He also served on the Distributor Advisory Council for Carlisle Corporation in Blackburg, VA and Truck Lite, Inc., in Jamestown, NY.
He is presently semi-retired as an independent Manufacturer's Representative for Tipton Agency/Performance Marketing. He has remained a life-long learner attending UNO; Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD; Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI; and many management and sales seminars.
He has been honored for his business success as Outstanding Salesman of the Year numerous times. He has received countless awards for his charitable activities, spearheading or serving on many campaigns to raise funds for worthy organizations and associations.