Growing up in an entrepreneur family I began working in the public at age 14. My early experiences solidified the belief in and value of free enterprise. With my family, and on my own, I have been involved in businesses that include restaurant, resort, retail, real estate, and logging, while dabbling in farming, ranching, and the equine industries.
Having lived rural and off the grid for many years, I lived the life of a pioneer woman and often refer to my self as a “boonie woman.” Our home is on one of the original homesteads of my late husband’s family ranch. It was here we raised our two youngest daughters, who are not only fifth generation Arizonans, but the fifth generation to live on the homestead.
Believing in community involvement I have committed my time and personal resources to my communities. I ran for political office, participated in several local leadership groups, and graduated from the Arizona statewide leadership program, Project CENTRL. It has been a pleasure, challenge, and given me invaluable experiences to have served in my communities. I have led business organizations; community development initiatives including creating a chamber of commerce and tourism council, serving on the boards of a community foundation, foster care, planning and zoning, and youth programs. Other activities include initiating a Toastmaster’s charter, volunteering in hospital auxiliaries, and serving in the faith-based setting.
My passion is personal growth, to understand and develop my talents, to add value wherever I am, and to encourage others to do the same.
“We can change our own life and ultimately change the world.” — Kristi Bowman