Howard H. Christeson
Howard Henry Christeson
September 19, 1926
Howard (Chris) Christeson joined Becker about 1965. Howard had been a Vice-President of the National Bank of Detroit in charge of their lending to finance companies. In the judgment of Becker personnel servicing this industry, Chris was one of the most knowledgeable and respected bankers serving the finance industry. After he joined Becker, he quickly added his range of contacts, knowledge, and experience to that of Becker’s Finance Group and helped the group become the field’s leading investment banker. Based in Chicago, Chris was involved in a range of investment banking services to companies in the industry and related fields, including independent consumer and sales finance companies, bank subsidiaries of both types, captive finance companies, the arrangement of bank and holding company acquisitions of finance companies, and the creation of commercial paper and note issuance programs by a range of financial asset organizations As noted in the Chronicle, Chris narrowly missed early death in a major air crash in 1972. Chris joined Merrill Lynch in 1984 and carried on his investment banking work in the financial institution field. In 1990, Chris retired to Naples, Florida and died in Ft. Myers in 2013.
Green Bay Press-Gazette, about March 9, 2013, Howard Henry Christeson . . . passed away in Fort Myers, FL on Saturday, March 9, 2013 after an extended illness. Born in 1926 in Wisconsin, he attended Western Michigan and Wisconsin Universities, graduating with a degree in economics through the Navy V12 program. He first worked at General Motors and the became a Vice President at the National Bank of Detroit. Later he became a Managing Director at A.G. Becker and later with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, retiring in 1990. He and his wife Patti were long time residents of Ephraim, WI where Chris was active in civic affairs. Chris died in Ft. Myers, FL at the age of 86. Chris was survived by his wife, Patricia; various brothers and sisters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.