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OIB business leader excited about new position as boss with Tourism Penticton
The man who helped turn the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation (OIBDC) into an economic juggernaut in the Osoyoos and Oliver area, has a new job.
After 15 years working in business development with the Osoyoos Indian Band, Chris Bower has been hired as the new executive director of Tourism Penticton, the tourist promotion organization for the City of Penticton.
Bowers started his new job last Monday.
“I was looking for a little bit of a change and a new challenge,” said Bower. “I had been working for the OIB for a long time and I just felt it was time to look for something a little different.”
Bower said the City of Penticton “is the gateway to the South Okanagan” and he looks forward to ensuring more tourists than ever from across British Columbia, all of Canada and around the world know about everything the city of 35,000 has to offer.
Because of the many contacts he has made in Osoyoos and Oliver, Bower said it only makes sense to work on many projects that would bring tourists not only to Penticton, but also further south to the wineries and many other amenities located in both of the smaller towns.
“I have no doubt that I will be working very closely with the people who promote tourism in Osoyoos on numerous projects in the future,” he said. “Tourism is a crucial component to the economic development of all of the communities in the South Okanagan.”
He has worked closely with Destination Osoyoos staff in the past on numerous projects developed by the OIB and he is looking forward to continuing that working relationship in his new position with Tourism Penticton, said Bower.
In his 15 years with the OIBDC, Bower said he has great pride in helping establish and develop more than a dozen businesses that continue to thrive and grow in Osoyoos and Oliver.
They include the Nk’ Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Nk’ Mip Campground and RV Park, Spirit Ridge Vineyard Spa and Resort, Nk’ Mip Cellars Winery, Sonora Dunes Golf Course, the new Petro Canada Corner Gas Station, Nk’ Mip Convenience Store and Gas Bar in Oliver and many others.
“It has been a great experience working with the Town of Osoyoos and the business people in that community to get these businesses established and succeeding,” he said. “I have been very fortunate to have enjoyed my job so much over the past 15 years.
“But this new job represents a series of new challenges and opportunities and I look forward to those as well.”
Bower owns a home in Oliver and said he doesn’t plan on moving, so his commute to work will be a little longer than the one he has had to complete between Oliver and Osoyoos over the past several years.