Fort Worth’s Valor Promotes Executive to Chief Operating Officer

Valor said Hanna Howard, a former college basketball coach, will be responsible for overseeing the full operational and administrative side of the oil and gas outsourcing firm, including strategic planning, staff development, and project management.

Hanna Howard has been promoted to chief operating officer of Valor, a Fort Worth-based specialty asset management company with expertise in providing mineral management and oil and gas outsourcing.

Howard was previously Valor’s chief of staff.

“Hanna Howard’s well-deserved promotion to chief operating officer is a credit to her leadership style and effectiveness in optimizing our standard operating procedures and organizational structure,” Valor CEO Joseph DeWoody said in a statement. “Since joining Valor at the end of 2022, she’s made dozens of positive contributions that have earned the respect of the company’s executive leadership and team members alike. We look forward to having her in this elevated role, where her talent and abilities will be on further display to the benefit of our staff and clients.”

Valor said Howard will be responsible for overseeing the full operational and administrative side of the oil and gas outsourcing firm, including strategic planning, staff development, and project management.

Howard brings a “fiercely competitive mindset” to Valor’s executive leadership team, the company said, having spent a lifetime in coaching positions where she was directly responsible for inspiring greatness in others.

“I’m extremely honored to receive this promotion to chief operating officer,” Howard said in a statement. “Being a part of a vibrant company like Valor has endless parallels to being a part of a competitive sports team. I’ve now joined a company that’s experienced tremendous success and growth in its five-year lifespan. As a transformational leader, I’m now in a position to build an even stronger foundational support for our growth, as well as strategies that continue to ensure our future success as an organization.”

Before joining Valor, Howard was an associate head women’s basketball coach at both Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and Fresno State, in addition to her time on the coaching staffs of Utah State and UC San Diego.

Howard led her teams to 13 winning seasons, 11 postseason appearances, and a total of five conference championships.

Howard recently was nominated and accepted into D CEO’s Emerging Women Leadership Network program for 2023-2024.

Valor was founded in 2018 and has grown to become one of the Southwest’s leading mineral management companies, providing targeted services such as land management, oil and gas accounting, and lease negotiation and counsel.

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