Chris Howell's professional background entails developing secure, dynamic Web applications for
- military engineering,
- military logistics;
- financial industry; and the
- medical industry.
Chris is one of the original founders of NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS), the owner of SMS Pro.
Since 2003, Chris navigated the challenges of managing a startup software development company located in Anchorage, Alaska. He provided clients with full-time software development services while simultaneously managing a stable of five to fifteen professional software engineers.
In 2007, Chris was coaxed into the aviation industry. In response to the November 2006 ICAO SMS mandate, several aviation safety professionals approached Chris to develop a scalable, aviation safety management system (SMS) database platform. At the time, there were no user-friendly systems on the market designed and built specifically to address these SMS requirements. SMS Pro's birth eventually brought NWDS financial independence.
In 2020, Chris was in "continuous improvement" mode as he reviewed and tweaked SMS Pro features and usability. His dream of providing smaller operators with an "equalizer" to tame daunting regulatory documentation requirements was a forgotten memory.
In August 2020, Chris started The Aerospace Safety Software Company to focus on improving systemic aerospace safety for all operators, and not just those with stable financial means. His new-found energy and focus remain on "continuous improvement" while ignoring mundane distractions like chasing profits.
"The profits will take care of themselves."
CEO - The Aerospace Safety Software Company