Chris Bowen has lived the majority of his life in the Valley. He is a 1999 graduate of Emmett O'Brien Technical High School in their Electronics specialty, where he lettered in Baseball, Track and Field, and Cheerleading.
Chris enlisted in the United States Navy right after graduation and served aboard the USS George Washington from 2000 to 2003. During that time, he served two deployments in the Persian Gulf, the second of which in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His ship was dispatched to New York Harbor during the events of September 11th, where they provided air support and protection for the City of New York. Chris left the Navy as a Machinist's Mate 3rd Class.
Chris went on to study Computer Repair at the Porter and Chester Institute, graduating in 2005 and immediately going into a Technical Support job at Stevenson Lumber. From there, he moved on to become a Security and Firewall Analyst at the former Perimeter eSecurity (now SilverSky), and a Technical Support Level 2 at what is now Ventus Technologies in Norwalk. During his time there he advanced to his current role as a Quality Assurance Engineer specializing in compliance and integrated devices. His experience in this field is what drives the belief that the Valley is ripe to become a leading area for the coming 5G revolution, particularly as the technology emerges.
Alongside his IT career, Chris was an on-ice and on-court official in ice and inline hockey from 1995 until his retirement in 2019. He worked for numerous professional and elite amateur leagues, including the Professional Inline Hockey Association, Major League Roller Hockey, Federal Hockey League, American Collegiate Hockey Association and others. By the time he hung up his skates, Chris had become the President of the Northwest Connecticut STRIPES Referee Association and a supervisor with the Connecticut Hockey Conference. In the latter role he worked to develop grassroots referees for the next level.
Christopher lives in Seymour with his wife Jenna, and his dog Pupster.