Jon Dowie of St. Augustine, FL, was elected to a two-year term as NARFE’s National Secretary/Treasurer at the Association’s 33rd Biennial National Convention in Orlando, FL, August 24-28.
Dowie is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Dowie’s background includes positions at Arthur Andersen & Company and as technical director of The National CPA Group, both in New York City. Later, in Washington, he was the chief financial officer of Federal Information Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell and Eurotech, Ltd., which was listed and traded on the American Stock Exchange. For the last 10 years, he served as vice president and chief financial officer of Lexes Associates, Inc., with offices in Florida, Georgia and Virginia. The firm develops software related to aircraft and provides consulting services to other firms and not-for-profits dealing with specialized accounting software and international accounting issues.
His three U.S. Navy recalls resulted in a 21-year career. Dowie served overseas in Diving and Salvage; at Pearl Harbor, HI; at the Naval Undersea Center in San Diego, CA; and in Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare in the New York metropolitan area. He served as chief of staff at the Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Region Eight, in Jacksonville, FL, and later in the office of Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon as the head of strategic planning for automated systems in the Naval Reserve. He is retired from Navy Special Operations.
Dowie’s academic career includes being an assistant professor on the faculties of Clemson University, the University of North Florida and other institutions. His degrees include a bachelor’s and master’s from Murray State University, Murray, KY. He is all but dissertation (ABD) on a Doctor of Business Administration in Finance, Marketing and Accounting Information Systems at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. He was on the International Research Committee of the Institute of Internal Auditors and published his first article in The Internal Auditor in April 1980. The Institute recognized his efforts with a special award for his contribution to the profession.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the InFirst Federal Credit Union. He previously has served as senior vice president of Sister Cities of St. Augustine, Inc. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Urban League, Jacksonville, FL.