Bryan Bowman is a retired Ohio Army National Guard Soldier and community advocate. He worked fulltime as the human resources Non Commission Officer for the 1-145th Armor Regiment and as a supply technician. As a unit foodservice sergeant, he coordinated field feeding operations for a 1,000 man battalion. Bryan joined the Guard for scholarship opportunities and utilized those benefits to attend culinary school and obtain three degrees including a Masters of Business Administration in Leadership. He utilized his culinary skills as a completion cook and was with the National Restaurant Association/American Culinary Federation: Salute to Excellence. Bryan’s previous experiences include management roles at Friendly’s and Chi-Chi’s along with ownership of the Glass Tower Café.
Bryan has been recognized as the Ohio Military Liaison of the Year and the FBI Citizen’s Academy Foundation Unsung Hero. In 2013, he made national news with an educational display on veteran suicide. Bryan has presented “best practices” for the Veterans’ History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. He also ensured the graves of Civil War veterans were marked and their service was not forgotten. Bryan is the President and Founder of Serving Area Military Veterans & Widows (SAM Center). He is the founder and co-chair of the Stark County Stand Down and veterans committee chairperson for Project Homeless Connect. Bryan is a member of the Pegasus Farms: Military Family Center (MFC) Advisory Committee and the MFC fundraising task force. Bryan is a compassionate leader that brings a wealth of foodservice experience to Whole Latte Love Café’s board.