The Lexington Institute mourns the recent passing of an American patriot and good friend, Harry (Pete) Howton, the Chairman of Kingfisher Systems.
Pete was an early and strong supporter of our think tank, and an excellent advisor full of strategic insights and strong business common sense. His companies, Gray Hawk and Kingfisher, were fast growing and particularly strong in IT, law enforcement and Intelligence Community arenas.
Pete Howton came from a military family, was a Naval Academy graduate and Swift Boat commander in the Vietnam war. His combat experience turned him into a dynamic entrepreneur who always took care of his people. The defense and federal contracting business is a tough one, but Pete built two highly successful companies in that rough and tumble sector. His employees, partners, friends and family will miss him more than our words can express. He was unique.
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