Howard C. ‰ÛÏSmoky‰Û Bissell is most noted for his manufacturing developments with successful communities such as SouthPark and Ballantyne located in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Bissell Companies, which is a leading organization in commercial development, office leasing, property management, and real estate investment. Bissell was born in Buffalo, New York in 1937 and eventually attended Hotchkiss School. He served two years in the Navy and also earned an economics degree from Yale University. His life then led him to the woman that he married, Sara Harris Bissell. After moving to California and teaching math for a few years, Bissell and his family returned to Charlotte. The couple had four children named Cary, Barbara, Howard, and J.J.