As we welcome 2018 and our Chairman of the Young Professionals of Pitt County, here’s a chance to get to know Heath Bowman a little more.

  1. How did you get to Greenville? I found Greenville by way of a recruiter, who reached out about an opportunity at ECU. After dinner at Sam Jones, I was sold.
  2. Where is your favorite breakfast/coffee spot in Greenville? Depending on the day, you can find me at The Scullery or Coastal Fog. I like them both for different reasons. Very excited about Blackbeard Roasters opening up soon. (this was written prior to their opening)
  3. Where is your favorite lunch spot in Greenville? I feel like Villa Verde is the best local restaurant – a place I would take people who are hard to impress. I also really love 501 Fresh. I eat healthy there just so I can justify a bag of the Maui Onion chips.
  4. Where is your favorite dinner spot in Greenville? Since Skylight Inn isn’t in Greenville, I’ll stick with Sam Jones. I also like Totopos (big tequila fan) and Bateeni, a Mediterranean place out on Arlington.
  5. What are your top three things to do in Greenville? My wife and I enjoy playing tennis over on Elm Street or riding the Greenway. I also think Greenville has some great places to walk your dog and just meet new people. Everyone is so friendly here.
  6. What is your favorite festival in Greenville? Bianca Shoneman would want me to say Pirate Fest, but I want to beg an exception and say Freeboot Fridays. I just feel like you can’t get any better than cold beer and lots of Pirate fans. I think Umbrella Markets are pretty awesome, too.
  7. What is your favorite park in Greenville and why? This probably doesn’t count as an official park, but the duck pond out on ECU’s West Campus is on the top of my list. I love it because it’s scenic and the people watching is good. My wife loves it because she can get rid of old hot dog buns and corn tortillas. Those ducks will eat anything…
  8. How do you give back to Greenville? If you take ten steps in any direction, you’re going to run into an opportunity to give or serve. I love giving my time and money to causes I support, like the Young Professionals, Humane Society and Uptown Greenville.
  9. What is one thing you would like to see come to Greenville? If you’ve never been to a Rosa’s Tortilla Factory or a Slim Chicken’s, you won’t understand this answer. Both are places that my wife and I loved to eat when we were in Texas and Arkansas. If either of them opened in Greenville, we are never moving. Ever.
  10. How can Greenville be improved? Greenville will never be “finished” growing, changing and improving. We have made so many amazing strides in the short time I’ve lived here, and I know so many people work have been working every day for many, many years to make this a better place to live, work and play. That said, I hope we can continue to make Greenville’s “local scene” more vibrant in order to attract other young working people to our community.
  11. How did you hear about Young Professionals of Pitt County? I heard about the Young Professionals through my involvement with the Greenville – Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. I think it’s great that we are supported by such a large network of businesses and organizations in and around Greenville.
  12. Why did you join Young Professionals of Pitt County? I joined the Young Professionals because it’s my way to give my time and energy toward something that I care deeply about. We all want to live in a city that we love, and this is a great way to make sure Greenville is a destination of choice for young professionals in the future.
  13. What is your favorite part of YP? Hands down, it’s the people I get to meet. I have made so many connections to people in so many different industries and trades around town. It has really opened my eyes to our vibrant business community, and just how passionate people are to make sure Greenville succeeds.