Candidate for Utah’s 4th Congressional District in 2018
BUSINESSWOMAN: She is the founder and CEO of Community Association Consultants, and consults for community associations, community managers, and builders and developers. She has consulted for Alliance Association Bank (AAB), a subsidiary of Western Alliance Bank Corps, rated one of the 4th best bank in America in 2017 by Forbes. AAB services community association management companies and the community associations (HOA) they manage. Marla built Utah deposits from zero to nearly $30,000 in four years. She founded, operated and sold a community association management company.
During her long and distinguished real estate career she “worked out” troubled communities in a down real estate market with innovative marketing plans. She was an award-winning sales and marketing specialists She helped acquired rights-of-way for Lucent Technologies for underground cable installation.
Marla compiled and oversaw budgets totaling millions of dollars. She is well educated in many aspects of real estate including taxes, law, sales, and marketing. As an owner and president of a small downtown association she led a team that was responsible for a rehabilitation that increased property values 50%.
ADVOCATE: Marla helped found a nonprofit that advocated for housing and job training for the homeless. As a founder and president of the Women’s Council of Ventura/Los Angeles Chapter of the Building Industry Association, her team raised thousands of dollars to support a home for abused women. She was the second woman to be appointed to the BIA board. She helped raise funds for the Salt Lake City YWCA to support housing for abused women and children.
In Niger Africa, at that time the poorest country in the world, she and her husband assisted in opening a medical clinic. Over six hundred nomads were treated, some lining up in the hot sun for blocks to see a doctor.She assisted first time homebuyers in qualifying for FHA and VA loans, one of her most satisfying real estate assignments.
As founder and first chair of the Utah Chapter of Community Associations Institute’s (CAI) Legislative Action committee (LAC) she advocated for the 450,000+ Utahns who live in community associations. Goals of the LAC are to educate the Utah Legislature and write and propose bills that protect and enhance the property values and rights of community associations and their owners in Utah. Marla’s team raised over $40,000 to hire a lobbyist and fund operations.
INDUSTRY LEADER: Marla founded the Channel Islands Chapter of the Community Association Institute, and helped found the Utah Chapter, later serving on its board of directors. She has spoken to industry groups on the local, state and national levels. She consulted for a Utah developer to establish and transition a master community and its sub associations to the homeowners, compiled the budgets and saved by consolidating trail maintenance.
Marla is honored to be the recipient of many awards for her achievements.
FAMILY MATRIARCH: She is married to Harold Collins Bowers, II (Collie), retired Salt Lake City businessman who volunteers at a hospital and was honored at the State level for his dedication to handicapped patients. Together they have 8 children, 18 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. Marla fostered two babies and is proud of her multi-cultural family.