A principal and planner with Cedar Brook Financial Partners LLC in Cleveland, Ohio, Howard Slater advises clients with comprehensive financial planning. Active in his community, Howard Slater volunteered with the Junior Achievement Company Program and educated students at Fuchs Mizrachi School about fiscal responsibility and business ownership. Operating within Junior Achievement USA, the Junior Achievement Company Program provides high school students with experience in starting and running their own companies. Local business leaders donate their time to an after-school program, teaching youths about business plans, the free market, and the various skills necessary to be an entrepreneur. Concepts and skills they learn range from division of labor and product analysis to public speaking and parliamentary procedure. Junior Achievement USA produces a program kit based on the Partnership for 21st Century Skills that includes take-home materials for up to 24 students and a handbook for teachers. However, it is the students who primarily drive this 12-week program, deciding the company's name, values, products, and executives. At the end of each session, the organization runs a Junior Achievement Company of the Year contest to select the best contestants from Canada and the United States. Winners participate in a three-day competition in Washington, DC.
As principal and planner for Cedar Brook Financial Partners, Howard Slater specializes in financial planning for business owners and high net-worth individuals. Outside of his career, Howard Slater donates to charitable causes in the Cleveland area, including the Greater Cleveland Volunteers (GCV). Greater Cleveland Volunteers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and educating Cleveland youth who are underprivileged. Recently, the organization held a volunteer drive to benefit K-3 students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District through the AARP Experience Corps literacy program. Known as Books for Kids, the event encourages children to begin reading at an early age. Hundreds books were donated to the event, which also celebrated Read Across America Day and the birthday of famous children’s author Dr. Seuss. Two of the main contributors were Consolidated Solutions of Cleveland, which donated more than 80 books, and Hospice of Western Reserve, which helped raise an additional 250.