Harold J. Bowen, Jr.
(1930 - 2018)
Harold Bowen is best known for establishing the “Tampa Model” during his work with the Tampa Firefighters’ and Police Officers’ Pension Fund. The term subsequently entered the investing lexicon. His views on issues such as indexing, Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) were considered cutting edge and are still followed today.
Bowen, Hanes & Company, Inc. is the outgrowth of a company founded by Harold J. Bowen, Jr. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1972. Subsequent to its establishment, the firm became a subsidiary of New York insurance holding company, Piedmont Management Company, who later combined with its other investment counseling subsidiaries, forming Lexington Management Corporation of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Bowen was named Vice-Chairman of the new entity and Chairman of its Investment Committee. In 1978, Bowen Management Company was reestablished as a division and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. In 1980, Bowen repurchased the company and renamed it Bowen, Hanes and Company, Inc. upon the establishment of the Winston-Salem office.
Bowen began his business career in Chicago, Illinois, where he did graduate work at Northwestern University while completing the Executive Training Program at The Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company. He then became associated with the Allstate Insurance Company as a Financial Analyst. In 1961, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as a senior investment official at several major financial institutions, including Lionel D. Edie & Co., Inc. and Invesco. He was a charter member of the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts and an original Fellow at the Financial Analysts Federation. He earned a degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1955, after interrupting his college education to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.