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Meet Bo Bowden


As President of Virginia United Methodist Foundation and Virginia United Methodist Development Company, I am excited to apply my past experience in finance, teaching, and real estate to help our affiliates and my teammates achieve their missions.  

As a commercial banker, I was with BB&T for 22 years in several capacities in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, where I provided sales leadership in newly-entered markets, most recently as Southside (VA) Area Executive.  For three years I worked in capital markets, during which time I held a Series 7 securities license. I have held a real estate broker’s license since 1989.

I’ve always been passionate about helping people discover their missions in life.  As a teacher, I served on the adjunct faculty of Guilford College and as a guest lecturer at the University of Richmond.  I also worked in career services at Wake Forest University.  

One of the hallmarks of the United Methodist Church is putting our faith into action.  I’m a longtime member of Reveille United Methodist Church, where I served as Finance Chair and Lay Leader.   I’ve been on several mission trips and plan to continue!

I’m a North Carolina native, and have a BSBA from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from Wake Forest University.  I completed the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University in 2005. An aspiring writer, I’m a member of James River Writers and the North Carolina Writers’ Network.  Currently I’m completing a first novel about the intersection of business, politics and religion in a small southern town in the 1980s.   

My interests include hiking, tennis, golf and playing guitar.  I love being outside!

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