Nashville, Tenn. – Samuel H. Howard, Chairman of Phoenix Holdings, Inc., is the newest member of the Nashville Electric Service (NES) Power Board. Howard also serves as Chairman of Xantus Corporation, an investor owned company that operates health maintenance organizations. He is replacing Leo Waters on the board, whose term ended this year. Mr. Howard began his career in the health field at Meharry Medical College in 1973. He joined Hospital Affiliates International, Inc. in 1977. In 1981, Mr. Howard joined Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) as Vice President and Treasurer. He was promoted to Senior Vice President – Public Affairs in 1988 before leaving to serve as Chairman of Phoenix Holdings, Inc. Mr. Howard received a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University in 1961 and a M.A. degree from Stanford University in 1963. He presently serves as a Director of Southeast Community Capital, is Founder and Director of 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, and Chairman of the Board of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee, Inc. Mr. Howard was honored as Nashvillian of the Year in 1998 by the Easter Seal Society of Tennessee and as Philanthropist of the Year in 1997 by the National Society of Fundraising Executives. The five-member board also includes Richard Courtney, Marilyn Robinson, Mary Jo Price and Robert McCabe. Board members are appointed by the mayor to serve five-year staggered terms without pay.