The leader of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce announced this week he will retire in the summer.
Bowman, 65, informed Margie Yohn, chairwoman of the chamber’s board of directors, of his intentions to retire earlier this week, according to a news release from the chamber.
Yohn said the chamber will form a search committee immediately and develop a search process to find the chamber’s next leader.
“I am proud of the strides we have made to more fully engage the chamber in a leadership role in our community and to deliver increased value to our member employers,” Bowman wrote in his retirement letter to Yohn. “I am also excited about the potential our new strategic plan offers for providing even greater benefit to our members, the chamber itself and the Lebanon Valley.”
The chamber’s new strategic plan outlines its priorities through 2016.
During Bowman’s tenure, the chamber said it has increased its involvement in legislative affairs and government advocacy, moved its offices in 2011 to downtown Lebanon at Sixth and Cumberland streets, started the Lebanon Valley Young Professionals and initiated periodic roundtable group discussions to benefit specific portions of the business community.
Bowman was hired as the chamber’s leader in 2007, coming back to work in his hometown after serving in some capacity for six different chamber organizations in three states.
Immediately prior to coming back to the region — he is a Lebanon Valley College graduate — he had been president of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce. He also had been president and director of the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals.