Bret Bowser

Occupation: Operations Manager, Eos Group

First Car:  1987 Volkswagen Golf GT

Favorite Restaurant: Izakaya Den, Denver, CO

1.   What are three things most people don’t know about you?

a). I was interviewed on national television for my unit’s firefighting response at Fort Hood, Texas in 1996 (my 15 seconds of fame)

b). I started telemark skiing because the boots were more comfortable

c). I can still dunk a basketball

2.   What’s been your greatest adventure in life?

Fatherhood – our twin daughters turn 1 in March

3.   What’s your best childhood memory?

Growing up in Germany and visiting great countries, castles, and ski areas on weekend trips

4.   If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

My father - soon after his high school graduation.  He is a prime example of someone who maximized his potential and created a great life out of a modest start. I would love to know his thoughts at that point.

5.   What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your life?

Graduate West Point

6.   Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Skiing and cycling depending on the season.  We live in Colorado so we spend a lot of time at Vail.

7.   What are you currently reading?  What is your favorite book?

Current book:  Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg.  Great insight into communicating effectively with family, friends, and coworkers.

Favorite Book:  I don’t have “one” favorite but Leading Geeks by Paul Glen is high on the list of helpful books I’ve read.  

8.   Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

Australia and New Zealand

9.   If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be
and why?

PKD Foundation – To help find a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease

10.  If you weren’t on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

I would love to say Ski Bum - but most likely I would be managing company-level operations or logistics for a Colorado-based company

11.  What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

Following the Army I was a production supervisor at a fiber optic manufacturing company that severely downsized a year later.  I applied to KPMG Consulting in the Washington, D.C. area in response to a specific team leader role requiring familiarity with the military and a specific software application.  It has been professional services since then.

12.  What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Learn the soft skills required to develop and maintain relationships at the same pace you learn your technical craft. The ability to introduce a concept and persuade a client to follow your advice is critical.  Well-rounded professionals with strong people skills lead organizations.