Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Michael Bowers

By: Gini Dietrich | May 25, 2012 | 

Yesterday I had the sheer pleasure of meeting Michael Bowers at the Ohio Growth Summit, a conference he puts on every year for business owners.

I’ve followed him on Twitter for many years so I knew what to expect. But you know when you meet someone and you like them as much, if not more, than you do online?

That’s Mike. Before I actually met him, though, I heard over and over again how well-respected he is in Ohio and, particularly, in Columbus.

That’s putting it mildly. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a man more well-respected.

As you know, I do a lot of speaking. And I go to a lot of conferences. But I’ve never been to a conference where I was treated better.

To start my trip there, Mike kept tweeting things like, “Tracking @ginidietrich is like watching the Santa Tracker” and “Everyone welcome @ginidietrich to Columbus.”


The community rallied on Twitter and sent me welcome tweets all night.

When I arrived at the conference, parking was a nightmare. Mike took my keys and found me a parking spot so I could head into the conference and attend some of the breakout sessions. Not only was I astounded, I was grateful there still are gentlemen in this world (and I’m totally OK with that).

Then he tweeted, “.@ginidietrich is in the building!” He made me feel really special, which explains part of the reason he’s so well-respected.

When he got up on stage to introduce me for the closing keynote, he relayed a story of Denai Downs Vaughn, who he met at a conference Carrie Wilkerson put on in Dallas last year. He said he was working with Denai to figure out how to get her to Ohio to participate in the conference in 2012.

Last November, Denai was killed in a car accident. Mike stayed up all night, after hearing the news, mourning and writing.

Yesterday he honored Denai as a keynote speaker and the room stood and applauded.

Mike is a force to be reckoned with and “well-respected” is putting it mildly. He joked he would never again do this conference, but I can guarantee it will go on next year, like it has the past eight years.

If you’re a business owner or thinking about starting a business, I cannot recommend you attend more. In fact, I tweeted:

You can find Mike on Twitter, Ideas to Deals (his blog), and hanging out on the Ohio Growth Summit blog.

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • Great choice, and a great guy. Does so much for the region and beyond, and takes ZERO credit. 

    •  @JayBaer Right? Very humble and very, very good.

      •  @ginidietrich  @JayBaer Gini, thank you so much for honoring Mike on your Follow Friday post! He truly deserves it and I’m so glad good people like you and Jay can see it too. He’s our Columbus gem! Thanks again for the amazing preso yesterday. Truly inspired. 

        •  @schmittastic  He is your Columbus gem, but he has a great team in you, Tonya, and others too!

  • Mike, consider yourself followed. 

  • Wow! Sounds like a great guy and a model for how people should treat others. How have I never heard of him?! And, I see he’s a runner too, which instantly tells me he’s good people. 🙂

    •  @lauraclick A runner always makes someone a good person. Well, and cyclists too. 🙂

  • My head has been in the sand! Great to know about you and just signed up to Ohio Growth Summit; my membership in queue. I look forward to networking, and sorry to have missed the big event this week!

    •  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing This is PERFECT for you!!

  • Grats for your Follow Friday Mike. Obviously @ginidietrich has no idea that you are the head of the Ohio Cosa Nostra and anyone not nice to her was going to have their legs broken. I heard you own every third building in Columbus including the state house.
    But I am still bitter you made OSU hire John ‘traitor’ Cooper away from Arizona State a long while back. That is the reason you were never allowed by the ‘Family’ to take over Illinois and had it given to Blagojevich. I spoke up at that meeting we had in Sicily. You said ‘If I get Illinois I would control the Arment Dietrich cash machine’.  Glad I had more friends on the ‘Council’. You were so pissed.
    But Ohio you made into your personal fifedom and no matter what I try my only solace has been sabotaging the OSU football regime every so often.
    So yeah Gini got her warm reception and you staged this nice conference hoping she would move the A-D HQ to Columbus and then control her empire. But I am on to you Bowers. I am on to you.

    •  @HowieSPM I LOVED Columbus. It’s a great little town. I’d have no problem moving there, minus the no direct flights thing.

      •  @ginidietrich there are no direct flights from Chicago!??
        Yes it has a great reputation kind of like the Austin of Ohio. Sad that Ohio State U is there too. But we can always have it moved to another town.

      • katie_mccartney

         @ginidietrich Now you know a great Realtor… [wink]  you would be well loved here:o)

  • Nice to meet you Mike.

  • JohnMillen

    You gave a sensational presentation yesterday and you couldn’t have chosen a better person in Mike @michaelbowers . Our sons were on a hockey team together and I can tell you he’s not only a great business person, but I think more important, a loving dad. 

    •  @JohnMillen  It does not surprise me in the least he’s a great dad!
      (and thank you!)

  • monedays1

    Hello from Mexico, Mike and Gini!

    •  @monedays1 Hello from Chicago! It’s cold and rainy here today. 🙁

  • KRLRose

    Great Story. I know cliche but really great story. 

  • KRLRose

    Forgot my English manners. Hello from Manchester England. Mike and Gini 🙂 

  • jamesclear

    Gini — I couldn’t agree more. Mike did a fantastic job and it’s great to see him honored here.
    p.s. It was great meeting you yesterday. You did a wonderful job as well!

    •  @jamesclear I wish we’d have more time to chat…I loved hearing what you had to say about email marketing and took away a bunch of notes my team is going to be mad at me for bringing back.

  • Of course, you will take in any stray (no names mentioned) but sounds like Michael ‘don’t call me Mike’ is the real deal. Since you have been on the road quite a bit lately I’m sure it was a pleasure to be ‘wowed’ at a conference. I know you would think us southerners have the corner on hospitality; but I think the Ohioans do a pretty good job as well. 
    Thanks for sharing, maybe one day I will have an opportunity to meet him as well. 

    •  @bdorman264 I don’t think you really count as a Southerner. Is Orlando included in that? I’d think it has it’s own “hospitality.”

      •  @ginidietrich Florida has a lot more ‘transplants’ than most of the southern states, so you probably don’t get to experience southern hospitality in the truest sense. Orlando is a completely different animal because of Disney, but then again Miami has it’s own identity too. 
        However, being a fifth generation Floridian, I guess I’m just a hick from the sticks………:). 

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