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Howard Dayton was born on October 7, 1943, in Daytona Beach, Florida. After graduating from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in 1967, he served two and a half years as a naval officer. In 1969 Howard developed The Caboose, a successful railroad-themed restaurant, in Orlando, FL. In 1972 he began his commercial real estate development career, specializing in office development in central Florida.
In 1974, after a business partner challenged him to study the Scriptures to discover what God teaches about handling money, Howard's life profoundly changed. He felt that his God gave him a passion to share the life-changing principles he discovered, leading him to write five books: Your Money: Frustration or Freedom, Your Money Counts, Free and Clear, Your Money Map, and Money and Marriage God's Way, his latest.
Howard founded Crown Ministries in 1985 and developed an effective small-group financial study. Howard Dayton has served, without salary, as CEO of Crown Financial Ministries since 1985, at which time he founded Crown Ministries in Longwood, FL. Crown Ministries merged with Larry Burkett's Christian Financial Concepts in September 2000 to form Crown Financial Ministries, the world's largest financial ministry. Howard served as Crown's CEO until 2007, when he transitioned from that role.
In 2009, Howard founded a new ministry called "Compass - Finances God's Way." The vision of Compass is to teach people worldwide how to handle money God's way. Howard has written three small group studies for Compass: Navigating Your Finances God's Way,Money and Marriage God's Way, and Set Your House in Order. He is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, "MoneyWise".
Howard and his wife, Beverley, have two adult children and reside in Orlando, Florida.