According to multiple reports, CEO and President of Champion Awards and Apparel Mike Bowen was tragically killed in an accident Saturday in Costa Rica.
One of his employees says he was on vacation with his wife.
Bowen started Champion in 2000 and has produced millions of screen printed and embroidered products.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland released this statement in the wake of Bowen’s death.
“As a successful business owner, he led our city in hiring employees with criminal records. Since I’ve been mayor, he helped and advised us on helping others get second chances. I will truly miss his can-do generous spirit,” Strickland said.
We are still working to learn the cause of Bowen’s accident.
Bowen leaves behind 2 sons and a wife.