HARTFORD, Conn., March 29, 2017– Harc, Inc. an organization serving people with intellectual disability and their families, announces the retirement of its Chief Financial Officer, Robert Bowsza of Manchester, which is effective April 5, 2017.
Mr. Bowsza became Harc’s CFO in 1981, after seeing an ad in the newspaper and having a conversation with Dr. Stephen Becker, Harc’s President / CEO from 1977 to 2013. “I was excited to be part of a meaningful business in a field that was rapidly growing,” said Mr. Bowsza.
Mr. Bowsza was instrumental in managing the growth of Harc’s day programs, group homes and its move to Asylum Avenue in 1995. In 1982, Harc had 30 employees and a budget of $875,000 and today, Harc has 350 employees and a budget of nearly $16 million. Starting in the mid 1980’s, Harc experienced double-digit growth for 14 years, essentially doubling in size every 5 years. Mr. Bowsza’s budget forecasting allowed the organization to plan and responsibly grow. In addition to his role as CFO, Mr. Bowsza has been responsible for Harc’s Human Resources, Information Technology and Physical Plant at different points in his career. He also founded the Business Manager’s Forum where nonprofit CFO’s meet monthly to discuss business trends and share ideas.
When reflecting on his legacy at Harc, “My ability to adapt, plan and help guide this amazing organization through its phases is what I want to be remembered for. I appreciate all the participants, families, board members and staff who have supported and helped me have a truly fulfilling career,” said Mr. Bowsza.
“Harc has been fortunate to rely on Bob’s expertise, talent and wisdom for all these years. His compassion, vision and heart are a testament to his character and I have personally learned so much from him. We all wish him the very best as he moves into the next phase of his life,” says Harc’s President / CEO Andrea Barton Reeves.
As Mr. Bowsza retires, he looks forward to traveling with his wife Carolyn and spending time with family (Stacey, Kate and Rob). In August, he will also become a grandfather.
Harc is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with intellectual disability and their families. It was founded in 1951 by families long before community services were available and institutionalization was the only option. Harc is a strong advocate for civil rights and opportunities, and a major provider of clinical and supportive programs that span the entire lifetime. Harc is a Community Investment Partner of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and serves over 25 towns in the Greater Hartford area.
For further information about Harc go to the website: www.harc-ct.org or call 860.218.6089