Derek Howell
Director of Operations 

Derek Howell is a solutions-oriented Director of Operations for CLA, offering a balanced skill set of business savvy, technical capabilities, and superior communication skills to develop and nurture valuable client and vendor relationships.

Derek started his career in the United States Air Force in the Security Forces. While assigned at the 741 Security Forces Squadron, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, MT, he served as Security Escort Team Leader, Fire Team Leader, Missile Security Control Center Non-Commissioned Officer and 341 Security Forces Group Training Instructor-NCO. While assigned as a training instructor, he developed and wrote Security Forces Nuclear Security lesson plans, policies, and procedures. After completing Airman Leadership School and Academic Instructor School, Howell began his study in Criminal Justice and earned his Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University. He finished his military service with the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-5). His eight-year military tenure led him to later pursue his position as a Felony Probation and Parole officer for the Idaho Department of Corrections in Boise, Idaho. Howell spent 4 years with IDOC while managing a large parolee re-entry caseload and was hand-selected to the Boise Police Department Gang Unit.

Mr. Howell has over 10 years of experience as a business owner. He has extensive experience in business development, sales, marketing, and client management.