POSITION Executive Vice President & Director of Governmental Affairs, Louisiana Chemical Association
HOMETOWN Baldwin, Louisiana
EDUCATION Louisiana State University (1983)
Where did your career start, and how did you get to where you are today?
I started by working for a United States congressman in Washington, D.C. I served as press secretary and manager of special projects. Working in Congress gave me the opportunity to learn about how the legislative process works in Washington. It also gave me great exposure to a number of different people and organizations from all over the world. After a couple of years of working in D.C., I returned to Louisiana as the assistant chief of staff for Gov. Buddy Roemer in 1988 and worked there for two years. Working for the governor gave me great exposure to the workings of the legislative process at the state level. It was the experience I gained while working in Congress and at the Louisiana State Capitol that gave me the knowledge that helped to prepare me for my current career.
What are the responsibilities of the executive vice president of the Louisiana Chemical Association?
As executive vice president, I’m responsible, along with the president, for the day-to-day operation of the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance. I also assume overall responsivity, accountability and decision making in the absence of the president. The executive VP works closely with the president and the boards of directors of both organizations to develop and implement strategies that will ensure the continued growth and well-being of both organizations. I also work with the president with respect to preparation of annual budgets and staffing.
[Note: Bowser will be transitioning to the role of president this summer when Dan Borné retires.]
What is your secret to leadership and advancing in your field?
Listening and being open to ideas that may be different than mine.
What is your favorite part about what you do?
There are several parts that I like, but one part that stands out to me is working as part of a team. Working with others as part of a team, trying to achieve the same goals, to me is something very special. So, working with others toward a common goal and watching the personal growth that comes from achieving things as a team.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities like?
My day-to-day responsibilities are communications with member companies and prospective members and with key political figures, and working in coalition with other organizations on issues important to the growth of the chemical industry.
What do you see for the future of your industry?
The future of our industry is as bright as it has ever been.
What are your next goals both professionally and personally?
Professionally: Provide people with a better understanding of the chemical industry. Personally: Always look to get better.
What is a great piece of advice you have personally received?
Believe in yourself.
What is your favorite way to spend your time?
Playing golf with my two sons.
What is an item on your “bucket list”?
Play golf at the Augusta National.
What do you do to unwind?
A glass of wine and soft music, preferably jazz.
What is your go-to spot in Baton Rouge?
Originally published in the first quarter 2016 edition of 10/12 Industry Report. Read more from this issue at 1012industryreport.com.