Posted May 15, 2018 in Membership
Tom Bowman has a long and storied career in process serving. He told us that he served his first paper in April 1965; happily serving papers for 53 years. As with so many process servers, Tom began serving process as a side job. He was working at the Kodak processing lab in Palo Alto and needed extra income. He sorted papers at his kitchen table for a number of years before becoming a full time business owner. Tom has had an office in San Jose for 45 years.
Tom enjoys being out in the field and finds that proper methods for service of process result in a positive experience with parties being served. Tom credits his membership in CALSPro for being the most valuable resource to him as a process server and business owner. Tom joined CAPPS in 1975 and quickly became an active member. He served his first term as a board member in 1976. He has held the office of President, Vice President, Treasurer and two terms as the Legislative Chairman. Tom currently serves as the Assault Chair. Tom is also a founding member of NAPPS.
Tom’s father was in the Air Force, so Tom’s early years included many moves from one place to the next. By the time Tom started high school, he had attended 11 different schools. Talking to people and making a new set of friends became of big part of his life as a kid. Tom relies on his ease with conversation out in the field and still loves talking to people. His family teases him for being the guy who starts a conversation in an elevator instead of looking up at the floor indicator in silence “like you’re supposed to” and for always having a story that starts with “I was talking to some guy in line today…”
Tom enjoys spending time with his family and getting to put his feet up on the weekends. He tries to catch as many Sharks and Warriors games as possible and enjoys NASCAR as well. Tom collects and occasionally gets out to ride one of his vintage Cushman scooters. He is a member of the Northern California Cushman Club & is a past president of that organization. He is also a member of the national club.
Tom and Wendy celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this month. Their kids are now college age, so they are adjusting to a lot more peace and quiet these days. To put a stop to that, they adopted Millie, a lab/mixed up mutt, who was in a shelter in Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit. She and 300 other homeless dogs were flown out to California to make room in the Houston shelters for dogs displaced due to the storm. The newest Bowman is enjoying long walks with Wendy and starting to settle in pretty well.
Tom feels very blessed with a wonderful family and many lifelong friends. He is grateful for good health and being able to get out each day to see where the road will take him.