Bryan Bowman – Bryan Bowman is a retired Ohio Army National Guard Soldier and community advocate. He joined the Guard for scholarship opportunities and utilized those benefits to obtain three degrees including a Master of Business Administration in Leadership. Bryan is the Founder of Serving Area Military, Veterans, and Widows which operates the SAM Center in Massillon. After a thirty-year absence, he brought a veterans’ stand down back to Stark County creating Ohio’s largest one-day veterans’ assistance event providing more than $2 million in impact to the greater Stark County community. He remains the co-chair for the annual Veterans’ Resource Fair (Stand Down). Recently, he created Serving Those Who Served, a newspaper that highlights Stark County veteran nonprofits and organizations while providing benefits information.
Bryan works full-time as the Director of Military and Veterans’ Affairs for Representative Anthony Gonzalez and previously worked as the Veterans’ Coordinator for Representative James Renacci. In those roles, he has assisted more than 2,700 veterans, servicemembers,s, and widows(ers) including presenting service medals to over 500 veterans. Bryan has presented “best practices” for the Veterans’ History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. In 2017, Bryan worked to ensure the graves of Civil War veterans were marked and their service was not forgotten.
Bryan has been recognized as the Ohio Military Liaison of the Year and the FBI Citizen’s Academy Foundation Unsung Hero. He is a member of the Perry Township Rotary and a two-time Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow along with being a 32-degree Scottish Rite Freemason. In 2013, he made national news with an educational display on veteran suicide. He is a graduate of Leadership Stark County’s 24th Signature Class. Bryan is a member of the Pegasus Farms: Military Family Center (MFC) Advisory Committee, a board member for Ohio Flags of Freedom, and a member of the Stark County Veterans’ Task Force. Bryan is the service officer for American Legion Post 221 where he is a lifetime member and sits on the executive board. He is also a Legacy Project mentor at Northwest Middle School.
Bryan and his wife Stefanie have a son, Everett, and a daughter, Brianna. They are active members of the Canal Fulton community where Brianna is a majorette at Northwest High School and Everett attends Early Explorers. He spends his free time swimming with his son and watching his daughter’s sporting events.