Bowers Named 2021 Chamber Chair

Mike Seals - December 21, 2020 11:14 pm

Garrett Bowers is the 2021 Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce Chair.

Garrett was born and raised in Ponca City, Garrett is a proud alumni of PO-HI where he played football, wrestled, and was highly involved in 4H and FFA. Garrett earned a scholarship to attend Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College for livestock judging and his success there led to recruitment to join the Oklahoma State University judging team.

At OSU, Garrett served as a Senator for College of Agriculture. His livestock judging team members won several national contests including the coveted national collegiate championship in 2006. He graduated OSU with a bachelor’s degree in May of 2007.

Although Garrett grew up working alongside his father, Ranond, and grandfather, Glenn (who was the founder of Bowers Trucking) – he was no stranger to entrepreneurial ventures. Before the age of 10, he had as many as 20 bottle-fed calves and even sold watermelon and corn in front of the truck yard alongside Highway 60. Later on, at age 16 he started his own custom hay business, which is still in operation today and run by his son HB.

When Garrett joined the family business after graduation in 2007, Bowers Trucking operated a dozen trucks within a 100-mile radius concentrated on end dump, aggregate, and construction hauling.

By 2010, Garrett diversified operations by redirecting focus to service the vast manufacturing industries located in Ponca City.

By 2013, Bowers Trucking was operating in all 48 states and expanded into Canada and Mexico. Increased customer demand ultimately led to Garrett starting his own logistics company to help coordinate customer overflow.

In 2015, Bowers Logistics was formed and the first Agent was hired to match up the growing customer base with partner trucking companies looking for freight.

By 2018, Bowers Trucking and Bowers Logistics became Department of Defense certified – the only trucking company based in Oklahoma to do so.

Today, Bowers Trucking and Bowers Logistics employs 78 full-time employees. Together, the companies operate 54 trucks, 108 trailers and service 5,000+ carrier partners while still retaining their core customer base from over a decade ago.

Garrett met his wife Melissa in Athens, Georgia when the Oklahoma State Cowboys played their season opener against the University of Georgia. With some irresistible charm and a truckload of luck, Garrett convinced Melissa to relocate to Ponca City in 2009.

Garrett and Melissa have been married for 10 years, and they have a son, HB, who’ll be graduating PO-HI Spring 2021 and was recently accepted to attend Oklahoma State University. Garrett coached HB’s elementary year football teams and served on Osage County’s Livestock Board, the FFA Booster Club, and the Quarterback Club. He is a graduate of Ponca City Leadership.

He’s an appointed trustee with the Ponca City Development Authority, and was recently chosen to serve on U.S. Senator Inhofe’s Service Academy Selection Committee.

 

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