Michael Bowen started gaining his in-depth experience and knowledge of hazardous materials during summer breaks from high school packaging and shipping chemicals and other goods in his family’s packaging and crating business located in Philadelphia. After graduation, Michael enlisted in the US Navy as a professional welder, firefighter and emergency responder. Twice deployed to the Persian Gulf region in support of Operation Southern Watch, he spent most of his time searching suspected vessels of violating UN embargoes. After 8 years’ service, Michael was honorably discharged with a Navy Achievement Medal.
In 1998 Michael joined DG Supplies and served in all capacities of the company while finishing his college degree program he started while in the service. Michael studied at a number of dangerous goods training schools to learn every aspect of the dangerous goods industry. He took over as General Manager in 2000 and substantially grew the product line, doubling sales from the previous two years of business. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and began dangerous goods training spending many long hours training and assisting companies with their UN Packaging needs.
Michael became the resident regulatory expert for all matters relating to dangerous goods for the company. He was promoted to president of both DG Supplies and Bureau of Dangerous Goods in 2006 where he serves to this day, headquartered in Cranbury, New Jersey. He actively trains companies in the laws governing the transportation of dangerous goods for ground (49CFR), air (IATA) and vessel (IMDG), is instrumental in authoring and developing the content in the Bureau’s Hazmat University as well as keeping the packaging business steaming ahead and further developed training operations for DG Supplies’ sister company, Bureau of Dangerous Goods.
In 2013 Michael recertified his Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) credentials and graduated with distinction at IATA’s Professional Skills for DGR Instructors Course. Professionally, he is actively involved with the following professional industry organizations: International Air Transport (IATA), Council on the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA), Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) and Dangerous Goods Trainers Association (DGTA). He frequently contributes to company and industry news articles as they relate to changes in the Dangerous Goods industry.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 / 11:45 AM – 2:00 PM
Hilton JFK Hotel
Formerly JFK International Hotel
John F. Kennedy Airport
144-02 135th Avenue
Jamaica, New York 11436 USA
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