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A native of South Carolina, Rowe began his career with Milliken and Company in 1976 after graduating from Clemson University. He held positions of increasing responsibility in Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering management. In 1981, Rowe had an opportunity to join Roberts, Curry and Company, a Management Consulting firm, as a Consultant, and soon afterwards, was recruited by Cannon Mills Company as a Senior Industrial Engineering Manager. After the implementation of significant cost reduction programs was complete, he joined Firestone Fibers and Textiles Company (currently known as Bridgestone / Firestone, Inc.) in 1986 as a Divisional Industrial Engineering Manager. Successfully completing responsibilities in Industrial Engineering and Production Management, Rowe was promoted to General Factory Manager in 1992 and served in that role for 6 years. As General Manager he had P& L responsibility (Sales of $140 million) over two facilities with 500 salaried and hourly employees (e.g., Technical, QA, Safety/Environmental, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Sales/Customer Service, Plant Engineering, Administration). In 1998, he had an opportunity to join a new startup company, Unipoly (UK)-Enerka, and served as Vice President of Operations for their conveyor belting facilities (two plants) in Atlanta, GA (Sales of $80 Million).

After more than 24 years of successful experience in progressive levels of Engineering, Manufacturing and General Management / VP roles, Rowe started his Executive Search and Recruiting business in 1999, Rowe Henderson & Associates, Inc. His primary focus, based on previous actual hiring experience, is executive recruitment specializing in all levels of Sales, Manufacturing Management and key Engineering positions (e.g., Executive, Plant Management, Middle Management, Support Staff, etc.).