After requests from insurance industry, Bowers trained two accelerant detection dogs that have received accreditation by the Canine Accelerant Detection Association (CADA) and the World Detector Dog Organization (WDDO). These dogs have been called upon to aid in the investigation of property losses with insured values in excess of $25,000,000.
From 1996 through 2010, Bowers worked closely with the National Football League’s (NFL) drug testing programs. In addition to local oversight of the Tennessee Titans testing program, Bowers served on the NFL’s Advisory Committee for Substances of Abuse and Performance Enhancing Drugs and assisted in the design, implementation and technical support of the NFL’s first nationwide computerized collection program.
Prior to forming IRG, 1985 until 1992, Mr. Bowers worked for two of the world’s largest providers of electronic security systems, ADT, and Cardkey Access Control Systems. During this period, Mr. Bowers designed, negotiated and implemented hundreds of intrusion, fire, access control and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems. Systems integration included warehouses, military facilities, colleges, courthouses, and various governmental buildings including the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) proprietary, multi-state system. Mr. Bowers has testified as an expert witness on security related matters.
Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. Bowers gained extensive training and experience while employed as a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and as a Police Officer with the Knoxville Police Department. While working with these departments, he participated in complex investigations involving major drug conspiracies, public corruption, and other criminal activities. While working for the TBI, Bowers was the lead agent in a multi year investigation that remains the largest seizure of cocaine in Tennessee; 1,200 pounds valued at $400 million dollars.
His formal education began at East Tennessee State University where he received a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. He later earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Mr. Bowers is a frequent speaker for civic organizations, the insurance industry and law enforcement.