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Fond Farewell To Ronald Bowers

A Fond Farewell to Point of Purchase Expert Ron Bowers

Written by Katie Kochelek of Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.   Original full article.

July 17, 2018

It isn’t often you come upon those people whose enthusiasm for their work and industry is so outright contagious. But if you know Ron Bowers, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s Senior VP of Retail Technology Business Development and a long-time thought leader in the point of purchase industry, you know exactly what I mean when describing his infectious optimism for all things technology and display-related.

I knew the moment I walked in to Ron’s office my first week at Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. that he’d be a wealth of knowledge. And as a new employee with limited education in this field, I found myself scribbling notes at lightning speed about topics ranging from retail’s new horizon to how the Internet of Things will help brands and retailers offer the personalized experiences consumers crave.

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Click for full size. Nice desk. What year is that Pop Times cover?

I left Ron’s office feeling inspired to research as much as I could and often referred to him with questions as I started writing more blogs and white papers for the company. He always cheerfully obliged, providing important insight on topics based not only on his many years of experience, but also because he is diligent at keeping up-to-date on all the latest news pertaining to our business.

If you need to understand the latest technology, he’s the guy to find. (In fact, I often tell him he’s a better millennial than those of us who can technically claim the title.)

So, when Ron recently announced he would be retiring at the end of July, the news was met with countless congratulations as well as a tinge of sadness from the many who will miss discussions with Ron on the trade show circuit and beyond.

Consequently, it only seemed appropriate to dedicate our July blog to the man behind an era. I sat down with him to discuss his history in our industry as well as what he foresees for the future.

Q: Tell me a little about your history here at Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

A: I’ve been here for 35 years, starting in December of 1983 as a sales coordinator and moving into an account executive position the following August. In 2005, I was promoted to Senior Vice President of Retail Technology Business Development and have gotten to use my experience and networking skills to generate new opportunities for Frank Mayer and Associates.

Q: What clients have you worked with over your time here?

A: I’ve worked with countless clients. The long list includes: Lucky Eagle Foods, Kroger, Miller Brewing, Pabst Brewing, Olympia Brewing, IBM, Lexitech, Aviotex, Media Port, Nicklaus Golf, MacGregor Golf, Arnold Palmer Golf, Nancy Lopez Golf, Allstate Insurance, AM General/HUMMER, Kohler, Garmin, John Deere, Kelloggs Cereal, Leupold, Cabela’s, Medicine Shoppe, Int., Solo Health, Starbucks, Unicru/Kronos/SureID, Irving Oil, Agilysys Systems, Big Lots, Briggs & Stratton, Dave & Busters, Seven-up/Dr. Pepper, OkiData, Familymeds, Giant Eagle, KEO, Go Charge, Intellectual Technology, Kraft Foods, LeapFrog, and Master Lock.

Q: Any favorites?

A: I really enjoyed working with John Deere and was lucky enough to see our work win a Display of the Year award from the POPAI organization in 1992 for the company’s shop-in-shop program. I’d also include Miller Race Car and Nicklaus Golf as favorites.

Q: What has been your favorite aspect of working in the point of purchase industry?

A: I truly enjoy helping a new product make an impact at retail, thus leading to client success. And truth be told, it never gets old seeing my displays at retail locations when I take my wife, kids and grandkids shopping.

Q: How have you witnessed the industry change over the years?

A: Back when self-service was in its infancy, display and kiosk programs often sought to offer convenience and novelty to retail. Now, retailers and brands are really capitalizing on the interactive and omnichannel experience. Consumers are starting their buying journey online and continuing it into the store and at the point of purchase. Marketers must now offer kiosk solutions and design around a total experience to make sure they’re meeting these customers’ desires.

Q: What do you see for the future of point of purchase?

A: I’m optimistic about the future of point of purchase and self-service. It will be all about the connected consumer and personalizing the experience to each person’s very specific personal preferences. Technology innovations will further evolve in order for this to continue.

Q: What’s on the horizon for retirement?

A: I’d like to spend more time with my wife, children and grandchildren, of course. Golfing and reading also make the short list, and because I can’t let go that easily, I plan to also continue writing about retail technology.

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People – Ron Bowers Retires From Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. After 35 Years

Ron Bowers Retires From Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. After 35 Years

Senior Vice President of Retail Technology Business Development Ron Bowers will retire from Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. on July 31, 2018.

Ron Bowers Frank Mayer KiosksGRAFTON, WI – After 35 years as a member of Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s staff, Senior Vice President of Retail Technology Business Development Ron Bowers will retire at the end of July 2018.

Bowers began with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. in December of 1983 as a sales coordinator and quickly moved into an account executive position the following August. His passion for retail, technology solutions and point of purchase displays helped him develop relationships with well-known companies like Allstate Insurance, Irving Oil, Eagle Foods, Kroger, Miller Brewing, KEO, MacGregor Golf, Arnold Palmer Golf, Nancy Lopez Golf, Nicklaus Golf and John Deere.

Bowers’ projects often earned gold Outstanding Merchandising Awards in the display industry, including a Display of the Year award from the POPAI organization in 1992 for his work with the John Deere shop-in-shop program.

In 2005, Bowers was promoted to Senior Vice President of Retail Technology Business Development and used his vast experience and superb relationship-building skills to generate new project opportunities for Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. His expertise concerning the point of purchase business has made him a well-known thought leader in the industry, and he’s been invited to serve on countless speaking panels and interviewed for numerous trade publications over the years.

“Ron’s professionalism, drive, loyalty, passion for sales and the  relationships built with clients and associates were the foundations for his success,” says Mike Mayer, President of Frank Mayer and Associates., Inc. “His infectious positive attitude should be an example for all of us to follow, and he’ll be missed by clients and associates alike.”

Bowers’ retirement plans consist of spending more time with his wife, children, and grandchildren as well as pursuing his hobbies of golf, reading and retail technology writing.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is a leader in the development of in-store merchandising displays, interactive kiosks, and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The company helps retailers and brands utilize the latest display solutions and technologies to create engaging customer experiences. Visit www.frankmayer.com for more information.

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CONTACT:
Cheryl Lesniak, Integrated Marketing Manager
Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
1975 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton, WI 53024
(262) 834-1489 | cheryl.lesniak@frankmayer.com

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Industry People – Reggie Medford joins Frank Mayer & Associates

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Reggie Medford Frank MayerReggie Medford brings more than 20 years of experience in the retail store fixture industry to his new position as Regional Sales Director at Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.  His background working with leading global brands on full store and POP display programs has given him an in-depth understanding of the entire development, production and installation process.  His areas of expertise include consumer electronics, footwear, sporting goods, luxury and apparel.

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Meridian Kiosks Growing – New Project Manager Amanda Jordan

Meridian Kiosks Growing – New Project Manager Amanda Jordan

Aberdeen, N.C. – April 19, 2018 – Meridian, an industry leading kiosk manufacturer, has welcomed Senior Project Manager, Amanda Jordan to its growing team of self-service kiosk experts. “Amanda’s experience is invaluable to the Meridian team, with her years at some of the worlds finest companies and her drive to continually improve the environment she works in,” said Meridian Founder and CEO, Chris Gilder.

Jordan has worked extensively in project product development in the automotive, electronic and medical industries (Siemens AG) in Europe, North America and Asia.“Successful projects are built on team cooperation and communication in dynamic and complex environments,” said Jordan. “Becoming a successful leader in project management involves recognizing and encouraging everyone’s contribution to the successful completion of a project and speaking their language.”

As Meridian’s Senior Project Manager, Jordan will strategically guide clients through each project. “As we continue to grow we see more and more projects happening simultaneously, and as I’ve heard it said, ‘kiosks are simple, you just have to get a thousand different things right.’ Having key leadership in that area is critical to doing just that,” said Gilder. Jordan will be helping overhaul Meridian’s internal systems and procedures to improve day to day operations and help manage growth.

“Meridian is a leading kiosk manufacturing company with a clear entrepreneurial flair, where independent thinking is encouraged to foster company success,” said Jordan. “People are what make any organization successful and as a project leader, it’s your job to bring a team together to drive success for the business.”

Visit the Meridian website for more information. You can view Amanda’s LinkedIn profile here.