Kone’ J. Bowman is a native son of Pontiac, Michigan. He attended Pontiac Public Schools from elementary through high school. He was an athlete and an activist even in his boyhood. He participated in youth, middle, and high school sports programs in the cities of Pontiac and Sylvan Lake. As a youth he organized the first of several block parties by going door to door asking residents to have a neighborhood potluck. While attending Pontiac Central High School he was elected the President of Student Government in his senior year. After graduation he accepted an athletic scholarship to Northwood University where he pursued a degree in business management. He “crossed the burning sands” and became a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. He served as Vice President of his fraternity chapter Kappa Theta for 2 years. While attending Northwood University he also became a member of the Black Leadership Committee (B.L.A.C.), a group that dealt with issues minorities faced on campus.
Upon leaving Northwood University Kone’ went to work at Ford Motor Company, and with the help of his Godfather Ernest Lofton became a proud member of UAW Local 845. Longing to have his own business, he left Ford and established a boutique insurance agency, which he and his business partner operated for 18 years.
The Bowman Family has always been synonymous with service to the community. Kone’ worked tirelessly on campaigns for his cousin Hubert Price, and his Uncle Leo Bowman, before getting involved in politics himself.
Kone’ served 8 years as a Pontiac City Councilman, tackling complex issues ranging from budget shortfalls to wastewater treatment concerns. One of the biggest concerns he brought to the forefront was the need for a forensic audit of the city’s financial records. He also crafted the resolution for a study showing the revenue that would be generated from leasing space in Pontiac’s wastewater treatment facility.
Kone’ established a railroad “quiet zone’ in partnership with the Canadian National Railroad and the Michigan Department of Transportation at the intersection of Johnson St. and Cass Ave. Noise was reduced and public safety increased due to extra safety requirements, such as special gates and barriers preventing motorists and pedestrians from crossing in front of an oncoming train. Prior to the installation of these gates, lives were lost, and many accidents occurred at this crossing.
Kone’ currently serves as a member of the Lighthouse of Oakland County’s LDC and Investment Boards. He also is a member of the National Association of Securities Professionals, Phi Beta Sigma Incorporated, and serves as Assistant Pastor of Alpha and Omega Christ Centered Ministries. He is a Lifetime member of the NAACP.
Kone’ is a former member of the National League of Cities, Pontiac’s Retirement/Pension Board (Vice Chairman 4 years). Member at Large (12 Years), and Pontiac’s VIBA/Health Benefits Board (Chairman 4 years).
Kone’ has served as a Little League baseball coach (6 years), Little League football coach (4 years), AAU basketball coach (3 years), and assisted with AAU track (2 years).
Of Kone’’s accomplishments he is proudest of his marriage of 22 years to his wife Tracy Bowman, and being a father to his 5 children.