IRMA Announces New Vice President of Energy Services

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February 1, 2019

CONTACT: Ryan McLaughlin, 312-969-0255,


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA), which represents over 23,000 stores across the state including chains and family-owned and operated stores as well as pharmacy, grocery, hardware and restaurants, announced Brian Bowe as the new vice president of energy services.

In this role, Bowe will work directly with IRMA’s members on a number of services such as energy procurement, energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives, communication of important regulatory changes, and assisting with navigating both the regulated and deregulated environments in Illinois. IRMA has long worked with members on important energy legislation and continues to push for more efficient product development, pricing and contract transparency, and buying strategies for retailers across the state.

Bowe, has worked in the energy industry for more than a decade including, most recently with Constellation New Energy, where he managed its government aggregation business efforts across Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Ohio. As a manager of a leading energy company, Bowe led a geographically diverse team, coordinated sales efforts and spearheaded financial and operational analysis on an annual basis.

Prior to CNE’s acquisition of Integrys Energy Services (IES), Bowe held a number of positions with IES including serving as the company’s Director of Gas Operations, heading up a geographically diverse team of natural gas forecaster and schedulers. Most recently with IES, Bowe was the Illinois Market Manager, coordinating all sales, pricing and contracting efforts for natural gas and power with both small commercial and residential customers in Illinois.  In this position, Brian interacted with many of IRMA’s members.  Brian holds a BS in Managerial Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

“Brian’s expertise with the energy industry and state and national energy policy as a whole will serve as an invaluable asset for our members. We are very excited to announce Brian as the new vice president of energy services promoting greater transparency and cost savings options to retailers across the state,” said Rob Karr, president & CEO, Illinois Retail Merchants Association.  

About The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA)

One of the largest state retail organizations in the United States, IRMA serves as the voice of retailing and the business community in state government. Founded in 1957, IRMA represents more than 23,000 stores of all sizes and merchandise lines. From the nation’s largest retailers to independent businesses in every corner of the State, merchants count on IRMA to fight for the best possible environment in which to do business in Illinois.

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