Our Company

  • Bowen Technovation

    Since 1985 Bowen Technovation has established a successful track record designing, installing and supporting systems and software for unique audio and visual experiences.

    Our staff combines interest and experience in creative, as well as technical, project work…work that has lined our walls with international awards and filled our files with letters of recommendation.

    So we proudly and sincerely welcome you to share with us in development of more interesting and entertaining aural and visual world.

    We love our job!!!

  • John Barry

    John recently acquired Bowen Technovation.  He comes to Bowen after 25 years in the construction industry, previously owning a construction supply company.  The company experienced significant growth during his tenure and was involved in many  large projects that transformed  Indianapolis.  To help fuel the growth, he added additional branches in key markets during this time frame.   He attributes much of the growth to the team around him and the relationships developed with many customers and key vendors with which they went to market.

    John's focus with Bowen is working on the strategic direction, operations, and relationships with customers and vendors.  John's vision for Bowen is to continue to provide unparalleled customer service, with  innovative products and the best workforce in the industry.  The team takes pride in making every job come alive.  Bowen's competitive advantage will always be our team and the products we choose.

    In his free time John enjoys the many sports teams in Indianapolis, including the Pacers, Colts, and Butler Bulldogs.   He is an avid race fan liking anything with four wheels.  He also loves to travel the world and enjoys many different cultures.

  • Mark Trotter

    Mark has an extensive background in planetarium, nature center and museum work that spans more than twenty-five years. At Louisiana Tech University in Ruston Louisiana he was a Mechanical Engineering major and began his planetarium career as director of the university's planetarium. At the same time, as president of a local astronomical society, he led the operation of the SPAR planetarium in his home town of Shreveport, Louisiana. For ten years as director of the planetarium he presented programs to tens of thousands of students and the public.

    As the planetarium curator for the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center in New Orleans, Mark was responsible for the programming and financial success of the planetarium as well as maintaining exhibits throughout the center. He wrote and produced many educational programs and entertainment laser shows as well as performing repairs and maintenance on laser and projection equipment. He also worked as Operations Director for a major audio-visual company where he was directly responsible for the daily operation and supervision of all technical staff and scheduling for road shows.

    As a Bowen Technovation Senior Project Manager, some of his most notable projects include Bibliotheca (Alexandria, Egypt), Shanghai Science Center, National Museum of the Pacific War and Computer History Museum. Since 2001 Mark has managed projects and installed technology packages in over fifty planetarium sites around the world. He has received training and certifications from several equipment vendors and manufacturers. In 2016 Mark was inducted as a fellow of the International Planetarium Society.

    In addition to his career, he is a passionate space exploration history enthusiast and is a contributor to the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal hosted by NASA. He has also worked on design and fabrication in the archery business including writing software for calculating energy storage efficiencies of various bow designs.

  • Brian Norris

    Brian has been in the audiovisual and lighting industry since 1993 where he worked for 15 years at an Indianapolis based rental and staging company. He joined the BT staff in March of 2009. He excels in making all our museum and science center projects run smoothly, on time and on‐budget and has a terrific depth of product knowledge, estimating and design.

    In his spare time, he is on the Board of Directors for a local arts organization, a member of the Fort Ben Placing Making Council and serves as the President of the Fort Benjamin Harrison Historical Society. Brian is also a trombone player and is involved in a community concert band and jazz ensemble. He also enjoys watching his son partake in a variety of sports.

    As a BT Project Manager some of his notable projects include the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum, the Computer History Museum, Perlan: The Wonders of Iceland, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center.

  • Brien Barr

    Brien heads up the content development/production department at BT and is one of our experienced project managers, having been with the company since 2002. He has a solid education in audio and video production which began with chasing and receiving a BA in Telecommunications/Minor Studies in Film at Ball State University. His knowledge of digital production software is extensive and includes Adobe software (Photoshop, Premiere, Audition, Illustrator, and more), ProTools, Watchout, 3D Max, and many more.

    He has extensive experience in designing, installing, and programming our most advanced surround sound audio systems, lighting systems, control systems, and presentation systems.

    In the exhibit world, he works with clients to bring their visions for interactive exhibits come to life achieving their goals for the visitor experience by assembling content and hardware into a finished product.

    In his spare time, Brien enjoys spending time with his wife, newborn twin daughters, and their four dogs. He is also an avid reader and collector of comics. Brien enjoys reading Star Wars and other science fiction novels. He also enjoys watching and attending football, baseball, and basketball games. Brien is also an avid fisherman.

  • David Binnewies

    David joined Bowen in 2008 after working 14 years at the Museum of the Rockies, Taylor Planetarium, in Bozeman, MT. He has vast Planetarium experience, starting as the planetarium technician and working his way up to the position of Interim Planetarium Director and Planetarium Manager.

    David served four years active duty in the USMC and six months active reserves, in the Marine 4th Recon Battalion, Billings, MT. After college he worked three years as a Design Engineer at Video Lottery Consultants, an international manufacturer of video gaming systems, headquartered in Bozeman.

    He holds a BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, Montana State University.

    He is married with two adult age children and has been an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts and his local astronomy club.

    At Bowen Technovation, David works with all aspects of exhibit and planetarium development, staring with conceptual designs for new projects, to creating drawings for architectural specifications and construction documents.  He programs the automation systems, manages projects, and provides the on site hardware installation, alongside other members of the Bowen team.

  • Matt Rosenfeld

    Matt joined the BT staff after 5 years of experience with a live production company based in Indianapolis. He was a valuable asset in providing support in the lighting, rigging, staging, and trussing departments.

    He graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in Theater Design/Technology with emphasis in Sound Design. He gained experience designing and engineering audio systems and soundtracks for musicals and other theatrical productions both at WSU and for local community theaters. He was also the Studio Engineer for an accompanying CD for Phonics for Dummies publication.

    Since 2004, Matt has spent Christmas at St. John Bosco Boys Home in Mandeville, Jamaica. Through his work there, he has helped to make a positive difference in the lives of 150 disadvantaged, delinquent, and orphaned boys. At a young age, he developed strong leadership skills through the Boy Scouts of America and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster for his Troop in Indianapolis.

    At Bowen Technovation, in the museum field, Matt has extensive experience installing and configuring systems with the latest exhibit technology.

  • James Carlson

    James came to us with a variety of background experiences in theatre, opera, dance, concerts, and event management.

    He graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in Lighting Design and Production, studying lighting design and programming of automated lighting fixtures and media servers.

    Prior to coming to Bowen Technovation, he worked several years with a major nationwide event technology company supporting large meetings, conferences, and social events in all aspects of technology including audio, lighting, tele/videoconferencing, computers, rigging, and video presentation needs. He is Aerial Lift Operator certified, fluently knows gear and AutoCAD, and completed a certification in Medialon show control programming. At BT James designs and install systems for our clients as well as working with them for system training and support.

    In his free time, he enjoys relaxing with a good movie or football game, camping, backpacking and photography.

  • Erich Grasty

    Eric makes sure the BT team has all the equipment tested, prewired, labeled and documented prior to shipment. He also is often seen onsite as one of the installation technicians. Eric maintains multiple certificates in EST (Electrical System Technicians) and he has received his (NCCER) National Center for Construction Education and Research Certificates. Some of his projects include Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, Perlan Museum Iceland, University of Michigan Planetarium and many others.

    His Hobbies are spending time with his Wife, kids and dogs and also working and installing car audio equipment on his off time.

  • Phil Groce - Sales Manager, Design Consultant, Project Manager

    phil groce

    When Phil Groce joined the BT team he brought half a century of planetarium and exhibit experience to Bowen Technovation. His theater designs are world famous for their innovation and a practical approach to applying theatrical techniques and media technologies to planetariums and fulldome theaters. Just as extensive is Mr. Groce’s museum and exhibit experience.

    As a former exhibits curator and museum administrator, he understands the inspirational power of informal learning environments like museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums and treats every exhibition space as a theatrical experience. He also understands the daunting budget forces that these institutions face. HPS will be working with Bowen Technovation’s many exhibit partners, including Sonik Technologies in Europe. Among Phil’s extensive credentials are IPS Fellow – 1988, SEPA’s Paul Campbell Fellowship Award – 2006, Museum Management Institute/Getty Leadership Institute – 1989, Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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