Aaron Bowman is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for the JAXUSA Partnership where he leads the business recruitment and expansion efforts for the Northeast Florida Regional Economic Development team.
Aaron served 28 years in the United States Navy and retired as a Captain after serving as the Commanding Officer of Naval Station Mayport. He began his navy career following graduation from the United States Naval Academy and attended flight school and received his wings in September of 1985. During his early career in the navy, Aaron was an aircraft carrier pilot flying both the A-7 Corsair and F/A-18 Hornet. Following 15 years of flying, Aaron earned a Masters of Business Administration and was selected to the Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer Corps (AEDO). As an AEDO, he was involved in the research and development, testing, and development of numerous advanced weapon systems. He is one of two AEDO’s ever selected to Command an Operational Naval Station and assumed Command of Naval Station Mayport in September 2007 until his retirement.
He is active in the community where he has served as Duval County Commissioner for the Florida Inland Navigation District, as a commissioner for the St Johns River Ferry Commission, an Advisory Board member for the Salvation Army, and on the Dean’s Leadership Council for the University of North Florida. As a member of the Jacksonville City Council, Aaron served as Council President for the 2018-2019 council year and currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Neighborhoods, Community Services, Public Health & Safety Committee, as well as the Tourist Development Council.
Aaron is married to his childhood sweetheart, Deborah and they have a son Blaise who attends the University of Florida where he is studying Engineering.