Bob Bowman, one of the longest-serving sales representatives in WINCO Window Company’s 100-year history, passed away at 92 on May 11, 2021. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 70 years, three children and six grandchildren.
Bowman’s career in the window industry began in 1955. He had retired from WINCO as a sales representative after 37 years.
After serving in the Navy during the Korean War and graduating from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1955, Bowman began working as an estimator for aluminum casement company Alcasco, a division of Detroit Gasket Co., which was capitalizing on the postwar building boom. Bowman worked for window companies in the following years, including Four Seasons Windows, Lupton Manufacturing, Rusko Industries, and Kawneer. Bowman joined WINCO as a rep in 1980 covering Southern California and Arizona and helped put the company “on the map” in California, according to a press release.
Bowman also served on the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s specification committee and in other capacities over the years.
“Bob’s career mirrors some of the most significant changes that occurred in the history of the U.S. window and glazing business, and we were fortunate to have him as a sales rep and role model,” says Kurtis Suellentrop, EIT and vice president at WINCO. “His advice to young professionals was to work hard, learn the products inside and out to meet the challenges of projects.”