A 1936 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Howard began his career at the Shenehon Company, which was founded in 1929 by his father. By 1941, Howard had transitioned to a non-real estate role for Honeywell in which he assessed productivity. He returned to real estate in 1950 after his father’s retirement, transitioning the Shenehon Company to an appraisal entity.
Through this work, Howard was an early advocate for equal housing and real estate education, and a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota and Macalester College for real estate education. His public philanthropic efforts focused on developing affordable housing and educating communities that minority homeowners do not lower real estate values. On a personal level, Shenehon worked to help those around him. Bob Strachota, who identifies Howard Shenehon as a mentor has said,
“Howard was my business partner for many years, and I am proud to carry the Shenehon Company banner today because he stood for ethics, education, and faith.”
Another associate, John Schmick gave a description that,
“Howard always stressed ethical behavior in how we do business with both our clients and our colleagues. He held us all to a high standard – when you make a mistake – admit it, own it, learn from it, and move on.”
Though Howard is no longer with us, the Shennehon Center for Real Estate, the University of St. Thomas, and the real estate community honors the work and leadership of Howard Shenehon as a 2017 inductee into the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame.