Onward Reserve announces Brenau Board Vice Chair Emmie Henderson Howard as new president

Nov 2, 2020
Brenau Staff
Emmie Henderson Howard

Onward Reserve, a specialty men’s apparel and lifestyle brand, recently announced it has named Emmie Henderson Howard, WC ’01, founder of Southern Proper, as its new president to work alongside company founder and CEO T.J. Callaway. Howard joins Onward Reserve with 15 years of experience, leadership and passion in the apparel industry. Howard is a pioneer of the nationally widespread Southern food and fashion culture, and is credited with being an industry trailblazer by launching a first of its kind clothing brand.

With a focus on growth through new strategic products and key sales expansion, Howard will partner with Callaway to champion the team’s development, brand advancement and day-to-day operations at Onward Reserve. Howard joined the Brenau University Board of Trustees in 2014 and became the board’s vice chair in March.

“For years I’ve worked closely with T.J. and his incredibly talented team, and it is a true honor to step in and serve as a brand advocate and support system for the Onward organization,” Howard said. “I’ve admired the unwavering vision from T.J., the first class marketing efforts and the thoughtfulness of the brand’s spirit and ideals.”

Onward’s Founder and CEO, Callaway, shared, “Our motto at Onward Reserve is ‘Live Authentically.’ Our business should be reflective of the values that we aspire to maintain as people. Anyone who knows Emmie, or has ever worked with her, knows that she is one of the best people out there. Professionally, she is unwavering in her integrity. Personally, she is the gold standard of kindness. Emmie has been a friend and trusted advisor for 10 years, and I can say without hesitation that she is the only person in our industry that I would consider bringing into this role.”

Callaway added, “We have grown tremendously over the last 8 years. Emmie’s leadership, experience and reputation in our industry will be key in taking Onward Reserve to the next level. She has always been a part of the Onward Reserve story, but I am thrilled to make it official!”

Onward Reserve has 12 store locations across the Southeast with its most recent new store addition at Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia, that opened in October. Over 100 Independent specialty stores across the country also carry the brand. For more information, visit onwardreserve.com.

Media Contact:
Mary Kathryn Wells-Winsett, (WC ‘00)

The Wells Marketing Agency