Mike and Dana Bowers called it an “unbelievable honor” to be selected as recipients of the 2021 Hardin and LaRue Counties Friends of Scouting Distinguished Citizen Award.
Presented by the Lincoln Heritage Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the recognition goes to community leaders who provide outstanding civic service the community, displaying what the Boy Scouts stand for — good citizenship, outstanding moral fiber with a dedication to others, and for living their lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
“When we first were told that we were going to be honored … we were kind of speechless that we had been chosen. We just work hard and do whatever we need to be doing. To be chosen after so many of these incredible people was an unbelievable honor,” Mike said.
A few previous recipients include Dennis Johnson, Joe Prather, Brian Kerr, Dr. Robert Robbins, and Mike Bell.
“The list of past winners speaks to the caliber of person and leader the Hardin and LaRue Counties Friends of Scouting Distinguished Citizen Award honors,” said Tracee Troutt, chair of the 2021 Distinguished Citizen Award Committee and vice president and chief development officer at Baptist Health Hardin. “Dana and Mike Bowers are wildly successful entrepreneurs and business owners who are devoted to their family and friends. They are never too busy to meet with someone who needs advice, to mentor an up and comer or to volunteer on boards like ours at Baptist Health Hardin.”
Troutt said, hopefully, naming them the 2021 recipient of this award “will show them how grateful we are they call Elizabethtown home.”
Dana, a Radcliff native, founded and grew multiple businesses to meet the financial needs of military personnel and businesses during her 30-year professional career.
Mike, throughout his career, has served and led multiple businesses in a management, consulting, or board role. He moved to central Kentucky in 1999.
In 2001, the couple founded iPay Technologies, an online bill payment provider, which they sold in 2010. They went on to found Venminder Inc., a provider of custom compliance solutions for financial institutions and their vendors.
Dana serves on the boards of CSI, iPay Technologies, the University of Louisville College of Business, AISA (International Investments), Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, and Associates in Pediatric Therapy.
She also has received multiple awards for her leadership and success including being the first female inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2010.
Bowers serves as vice chair on the Baptist Health Foundation Hardin Board of Directors and Baptist Health Hardin Board of Directors. Additionally, Mike sits on the board of directors of the Elizabethtown Hardin County Industrial Foundation, the University of Louisville College of Business, Mountjoy Chilton Medley Accounting Firm, GLI Enterprise Corp., and Associates in Pediatric Therapy.
“I was born and raised here. I think it was just in my DNA to love this community. Mike is a transplant. … It’s been fun to watch how he has developed a love for this community that rivals mine. Sometimes I have to remind myself I was the one born and raised here, not Mike,” Dana said.
Dana said the award is meaningful to both of them, as well as quite humbling.
“We just do what we do without any expectations,” she said.
The couple will be honored at 6 p.m. Thursday during a virtual celebration. The community can participate, donate and learn more about the event and the Bowerses at lhcbsa.org/hardinlarue/.