C. A. Howell & Company ~ a history

Established in 1899 by Charles A. Howell as a paint- contracting firm, C.A. Howell and Company (CAHCo) was founded based on a single aim: service, for profit, at a risk. Charlie was active in the community and was a charter member of the Nashville Rotary Club.

The company’s very unique early 1900’s stationery is still proudly displayed and often used in the company’s marketing materials. The 1920’s customer list included Cain-Sloan Company, Richland Country Club, Cheek-Neal Coffee Company, and Standard Candy Company.

Charles A. Howell, Jr. changed the company’s business to general contracting. He acquired the company’s headquarters, called The Shop, in 1939. During his tenure as CEO, he focused on communicating the company’s values and doing what the Customer needed done.

Charles A. Howell, III expanded the company’s markets to include significant and historic construction projects across the state of Tennessee. Customers included Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith, J.C. Bradford and Co., Belle Meade Mansion, The Hermitage, Travelers Rest, and Historic Rugby. Charles, III actively served his community, friends, and family by starting an independent school, serving in a number of public and government positions, and coaching athletic teams.

In 2010, CAHCo is a Management Contractor specializing in leading real estate, construction and relocation projects for growing companies.

The company uses its experience and know-how to help Customers buy and lease real esatate, develop build-to-suit office buildings, and manage design-build construction projects.

Additionally, the company provides a full array of construction representation, workplace development, and relocation management services.

Signature projects managed by the company include our representation of Aspect Communications Corporation, Salvation Army, First American Corporation, Gambro Healthcare, Cardiac Services, Det Distributing Company, Farmers National Bank, Reliant Bank, and MarketStreet Equities.

After 100 years of service, CAHCo’s primary product is still its know-how and value system.

In the next 100 years, the company’s founding aim will not change:

"The aim of all legitimate business is service, for profit, at a risk."

The company will continue to value and develop Accountability, Value, and Commerce. We will continue to focus on the Customer through our mission: Do what the Customer needs doing, do it well, and finish what we start.

We anticipate an increased need from our Customers for expert real estate and construction know-how, experience, and special knowledge, as well as for the information they need to make good real estate moves and sound planning decisions.