Grand Rapids - The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) recently announced the appointment of M. Scott Bowen by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the seven-member board that oversees DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena. Bowen was officially sworn in at this morning’s CAA board meeting for a term expiring February 29, 2024.
M. Scott Bowen, of Grand Rapids, is the senior vice president of business development for Neo Pollard Interactive, LLC. He previously served as a lottery commissioner, director of the Office of the State Employer and judge with the 62A District Court in Wyoming. Prior to his judicial appointment, Bowen was a partner at McInerney & Bowen and was a founder and partner of Bowen, Distel & Haynes P.L.C. Bowen's previous government experience includes two terms on the Grand Rapids City Commission, serving as president in 1999. Bowen was also a special assistant attorney general for the Michigan Department of Transportation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit School of Law.
“I’m excited to welcome Scott to the board,” said CAA Chairman Rick Winn. “I look forward to working closely with him, along with the other board members, as we continue to focus on pandemic recovery and future growth to ensure that our venues remain industry leaders and encourage economic development throughout Kent County and West Michigan.”
“I am honored to be named to the CAA and welcome the opportunity to contribute to these world-class facilities,” said Bowen. “I trust that my past experience and enthusiasm for the live event industry will be an asset to the venues and look forward to serving on the board with these tremendous community leaders.”
About the CAA
The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) is the seven-member board that administers DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena. The CAA was established on March 29, 2000 by the City of Grand Rapids and County of Kent under the Convention Facility Authority Act, Act 203 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1999. The CAA’s mission is to encourage economic development within the West Michigan region, create jobs, and provide facilities for the entertainment, enjoyment, and/or benefit of the citizens in an economical manner by developing and operating convention, entertainment, and sports facilities within Kent County.