It is not every day that someone devotes their entire career to the same industry, but that is exactly what Allen R. Bowman, CPM®, CSM, CCIM, RPA, has done. A senior level real estate executive, Bowman has spent nearly 40 years in asset management, helping hundreds of property owners increase cash flow and protect and strengthen their investments through his expertise. He is skilled in maximizing total returns and identifying opportunities for improved performance, repositioning and redevelopment.
Throughout his career, Bowman has exemplified unwavering loyalty and integrity in everything that he does because he strongly believes in servant leadership, the importance of enriching the lives of others, creating better organizations and shaping a more just and caring world. This belief has led to a long, successful career, while earning the regard and respect of his business partners and employees.
Bowman humbly began his career by hanging holiday decorations at Randall Park Mall in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He was soon offered a job in the maintenance department and was then quickly promoted thanks to his work ethic and optimistic demeanor. This job was the first stepping stone in his impeccable career. Throughout his life, his calling has been graced with opportunities that have taken him across the United States and back.
In 1984, Bowman accepted a position, moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and worked on a redevelopment project for the second largest enclosed mall in the state, Pearlridge Shopping Center modernizing the project to a new grandeur. While in Hawaii, one of Bowman’s most memorable accomplishments, the redevelopment of the Aloha Tower Marketplace, and the twenty-one acres of ocean front property surrounding it, is still recognized today as an iconic landmark in Honolulu Harbor.
In 1998, Bowman moved to Phoenix, Arizona. There he led several projects, serving as president of COFCO Development and COFCO Management Companies he completed the COFCO Chinese Cultural Center, a distinctive mixed-use development project featuring an Asian Style Garden and reflecting Pools. The most significant development Bowman has worked on was a designed, developed, built and owned property operated by The Ellman Companies - Westgate City Center. The property is a master-planned development set on 440 acres. The mixed-use project brings together luxury living, shopping, entertainment, multi-purpose sports arena and a state of the art football stadium for the Arizona Cardinals to create a uniquely sophisticated and upscale urban environment for people to live and enjoy. Serving as senior vice president of asset management and general manager, The Westgate Project created original “signature events” such as AVP Beach Volleyball, Hot Rods and Classic Car Show and Bike Night, played host to supporting events for the Fiesta Bowl, BCS Bowl and Super Bowl XLII, to name a few.
Bowman has also worked in Las Vegas, Nevada, developing and opening the impressive first to market prototype project on the fifty-yard line of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. Overseeing the multi-million dollar project and creating 130 new businesses culminating from around the United States and across the globe with first to market retailers originating from Turkey, Costa Rica, Israel and Brazil. Today, Bowman serves as a senior manager at Phoenix-based Ryan Companies US, Inc., $1.5 billion dollar commercial real estate company based out of Minneapolis. His current role, at the forefront of private redevelopment efforts, Bowman is directly responsible for Freeport-McMoRan Center, a 26-story mixed-use office/hotel tower that incorporates current office trends and environmental strategies. The building is the corporate headquarters of the Freeport-McMoRan Corporation, the world’s largest publicly traded copper and gold mining company and downtown Phoenix’s signature fortune 500 tenant. Freeport-McMoRan Center is also home to the Westin Phoenix Downtown a 242 room business-class hotel. Bowman continues to work tirelessly by providing leadership, guidance and on-site training for team leaders and members on delivering concierge style customer and guest services, in addition to recognizing the importance of creating an encouraging, supportive work environment for tenants and staff.
Bowman is a licensed real estate broker in four states (Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Hawaii), and holds a variety of industry-recognized designations. These include the gold standard of property management as a Certified Property Manager (CPM), through the Institute of Real Estate Management; Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) through the International Council of Shopping Centers; Real Property Administrator (RPA) through the Building Owners Managers Institute International; and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) through the Certified Commercial Investment Institute. Further he has served the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) for the State of Arizona in various capacities since 2002, including his positions as foundation chairman in 2012 and president in 2011. In 2007, he was honored with IREM’s CPM® of the Year Award for his dedication to advancing the real estate management industry, providing superior service to his clients and demonstrating leadership through innovation and business advancement. A true testament to the powerful, positive impact he has on his surroundings, Bowman has twice earned the exclusive Accredited Management Organization (AMO Accreditation) from the Institute of Real Estate Management that gives an edge to top-class firms in gaining new business and developing top talent, only 550 real estate management firms globally hold this prestigious accreditation.
Bowman earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in business administration from California Coast University, along with an associate's degree (AS) from Sawyer College of Business in Cleveland, Ohio. Family is very important to him and he credits the 50-year marriage of his parents and 75-year marriage of his grandparents of instilling him with a sense of loyalty, compassion and compromise. In his spare time, Bowman and his wife of 32 years, Lita, enjoy traveling, hiking, reading and exploring new cultures and foods.