Barbara was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Recreation. She lived and worked in Germany for eight years and has traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and East Africa. Her work experience includes management and sales in the travel agency, hotel, and destination marketing industry segments. Barbara recently retired from Visit Grand Junction after 27 years. She now currently manages her own business, Bowman and Associates, LLC.
Past honors include being appointed by the Governor to serve on the Colorado Tourism Office Board, serving on the National Tour Association and Tour Colorado Board of Directors. Some of her awards include the Colorado Individual Contribution to Tourism, Supplier of the Year for Colorado Meetings and Conventions Magazine, National Tourism Association Volunteer of the Year, and the Service Above Self award from the Rotary Club of Grand Junction. Barbara currently still serves on the Colorado Tourism Office International Promotions Committee and as an advisor to the Tour Colorado Board of Directors. She has a passion for Colorado and is still discovering all that this majestic state has to offer!
The Museums of Western Colorado was proud to add Barbara as a Board Member this past August when she filled the seat of outgoing board member Cynthia Lee Pemberton. Barbara’s current term lasts till the end of December 2020.