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Executive Director / CEO
Daniel Bowman is a native of Allen, Texas and was named Executive Director/CEO of the Allen Economic Development Corporation in 2014 after 10 years with the organization. He was recognized in the Top 40 under 40 by the International Economic Development Council and has been instrumental in recruiting corporate projects including NetSCOUT Systems, Cisco Systems, WatchGuard Video and KONE Elevators. Bowman was also instrumental in structuring the public-private partnership for the Watters Creek Hotel & Convention center with 90,000-SF of convention space.
His background and focus on community collaboration has led him to a number of community leadership roles with the Kiwanis Club, Leadership Allen and other civic organizations. He is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute CFL Leadership Class. He is a graduate of Trinity University and the University of Texas at Dallas, where he earned his MBA.
David Ellis, CEcD
As the Assistant Director, David leads programs to attract and retain corporate investment and jobs to Allen. Previously, he was a vice president at Site Selection Group where he supported its industrial, economic development and incentive practices. He has also worked for Plano Economic Development and has experience with Angelou Economics, an economic development consulting firm.
David, a native of Oklahoma City, has a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).
Eileen Gonzales is a seasoned marketing executive with over 15 years of marketing experience. The true value of her contributions is based on her ability to create lasting business impact from strategic marketing initiatives. Previously, she had a 13 year career with Nordstrom as a Regional Marketing Manager, where she reinforced the company’s presence and visibility while driving revenue and customer retention. She was appointed to develop and lead the strategic marketing plan for a new store opening in Austin, TX which involved several guerilla marketing and online advertising initiatives.
Eileen is a native of Denver, Colorado and moved to Texas after living in California for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from the University of Colorado.
Business Retention & Expansion Manager
Tracey’s passion for people and willingness to do whatever it takes keeps the AEDC active in the Allen community. She previously worked at YUM Brands, where she won Customer Maniac of the Year award. Prior to Yum Brands, she worked for Brinker International, Perot Systems and the FDIC where she won numerous STAR awards and served as the Special Events Chair. Tracey’s involvement in the Allen community resulted in her receiving the 2009 Spirit of Allen / Citizen of the Year Award.
As the Office Manager, Nicole Bywater is responsible for overseeing the AEDC administrative operations, finances and grant compliance. Her strong organization and communication skills are a great asset in keeping the office running smoothly.
Nicole grew up in Garland, Texas and moved to Allen in 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas and has previously worked as the community editor of the Allen American newspaper, a copywriter at JCPenney’s corporate office and a contract writer. She enjoys being active in the Allen community.
As the analyst of the Allen EDC, Wayne strives to be the guru of all things data. Whether its telling the story behind the numbers or responding to queries from the business community, he works diligently to foster Allen’s growth into the future.
Prior to coming to Allen, he molded young minds by developing economics curricula as a high school teacher. He also served in the US Army as a military journalist, including a deployment to Iraq as a public affairs officer in the Texas Army National Guard.
Born and raised in D/FW, he received a Bachelors of History from The University of North Texas and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Lupita Castilleja provides great customer service and reliable administrative support to the EDC staff. Previously, she served as the lead Administrative Assistant for the Lubbock Police Department, overseeing administrative operations for the patrol division. In 2017, she was named Civilian of the Year for continuous exemplary performance and dedication to the Lubbock Police Department.
Lupita has also worked in office management and earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University. She grew up in Garland, Texas and is glad to be back in the Metroplex.