WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — There’s no doubt that the industry is still coming to terms with the unexpected passing of ECRM CEO and founder Charlie Bowlus — a longtime industry veteran whose passion and humility touched so many lives.
(THE NEWS: ECRM founder, CEO Charlie Bowlus passes away. For the full story, click here)
Commenting on the news, Pepsom Group president John Brown III wrote on DrugStoreNews.com: “Charlie was a first-class person, in every sense of the word. Ever since I first met him, he has always been innovative, positive-minded and generous with heart and soul. I was blessed to have known him for many years, when ECRM was not even a blip on the radar. We send our sincerest condolences to his family, and to the entire ECRM staff. I know he will always remain a legend in the retail industry and beyond, but more importantly, everyone will always keep fond memories of Charlie, the friend, father, mentor, in our hearts. Thanks for spending time with all of us, Charlie, we will miss you.”
“… Charlie, you were a true friend and a comrade in arms and I only hope that you have the opportunity to have as many parties in Heaven as you held here. You were a pioneer and you never forgot where you came from. You touched the bottom and you went to the top and everything you got, you earned and then some. You never forgot your friends wherever you met them …” wrote Gregory Rubin, Garcoa Labs CEO.
“… I often think of Charlie as the reason I am blessed to have my three boys and wonderful wife who I met at an ECRM show. I always thanked Charlie every time I saw him as if it wasn’t for him our family wouldn’t exist. Charlie, you will be extremely missed and we are thankful for the lives you have touched. I will continue to think of you as my children grow, remembering you are who helped put them in my life,” wrote Jeff Stice, Olympic Mountain Products president.
These are just a few of the many comments. Clearly, the number of people who commented just within 24 hours of the sad news is a reflection of the important legacy Bowlus leaves behind.