Members of Bexley's newly formed Alternative Revenue Task Force (ARTF) rolled up their sleeves and got down to work March 7, appointing Jim Bowman as chairman.

Members of Bexley's newly formed Alternative Revenue Task Force (ARTF) rolled up their sleeves and got down to work March 7, appointing Jim Bowman as chairman.

Bowman, who lives in Bexley with his wife, Tracey, and their three children, is an executive director with J.P. Morgan Securities. He has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.

"I chose to get involved for a number of reasons," Bowman said. "The first and foremost is that I love Bexley and I'm concerned that we are heading in an unsustainable direction. We must implement creative solutions to generate income for the city to ensure the taxes our citizens pay are as reasonable as possible.

"Cities like Bexley are facing big losses in revenue as the Ohio estate tax expires at the end of this year," he said. "Our goal is to help the city offset this lost revenue and to help build a thriving business environment that will ease the burden of our individual taxpayers."

Bowman said he is encouraged by the number and quality of volunteers who have stepped forward to serve on the ARTF.

"We are fortunate to have an energetic group of roughly 25 residents who have volunteered their time to help with this effort," he said. "I'm impressed with the diversity of background as well as the quality of the group.

"Our elected officials are energized, as well," Bowman said. "We had four members of council as well as the mayor in attendance at our meeting a couple of weeks ago. Although we have only met once, the ideas and enthusiasm make me feel very good about the impact the task force will have."

Bowman previously worked for Paine Webber and Legg Mason before joining J.P. MorganSecurities (then Bear Stearns) in 2006.

Bowman earned a bachelor's degree in business and economics from Lehigh University.

He is active in community work, having served as board chairman for Wexner Heritage Village, Jewish Family Services, Heritage Day Adult Day Centers and the Columbus Academy Alumni Association. He also served on the boards of the Columbus Academy, the Columbus Jewish Foundation, Grant Hospital's Development Board and the Executive Committee of Columbus Jewish Federation.

This year, Bowman was recognized by Wexner Heritage Village with the "Life With Dignity Award." In 2004, he was a recipient of the Business First "Forty Under Forty" club, which exemplifies excellence in their work and community and is a past recipient of the Therese Kahn Young Leadership award.

The other members of the ARTF include: Greg Adams, Pat Cramer, Bill Davis, John Fulton, Kate Giller, Ben Kessler, Brad Kastan, Steve Keyes, Carol Lannan, Tim Madison, Chris Murray, Tracey Parsons, Mark Scheiber, Richard Sharp, Andrew Smith, Harlan Robbins, Peter Roberts, Jim Ryan (vice chairman), Kevin Ryan, Emily Turner and Steve Yaffe.