Meet Our Partners

At Bower & Associates, we help business owners create immense wealth by employing various funding strategies that we have developed over our many years of experience within the investment community.

Mark T. Bower

Mark T. Bower has spent his career developing a broad base of business proficiency unmatched by others. Together with his undergraduate and graduate studies, along with his varied experiences, he is constantly expanding his skills and abilities for the benefit of those he serves. A nationally recognized consultant on medical practice management matters, Mr. Bower has provided hands-on expertise helping hundreds of healthcare professionals increase revenues, implement managed-care strategies, value practices and facilitate funding or mergers and acquisitions for a wide array of entities. Through his work, he has been able to bring about focus and structure in business settings not normally noted for their adherence to effective planning principles. As a result of his overall efforts, he recently grew a physician client from $4 million to $15 million in revenues in 18 months, writing the business plan necessary to attain a $22 million valuation from the private equity market.

Mr. Bower’s professional life is balanced with an equally impressive commitment to serve his community. Working from the age of 9, he was able to invest in stocks and help his parents with the much-needed purchase of a family automobile. Later, as one of the youngest individuals to reach the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 13, he was extremely involved with programs that provided essential assistance to the less fortunate and underserved in the North Texas region. Finally, numerous times a year, Mr. Bower travels with The Anthony Robbins Companies in the select role of Trainer to assist with various aspects of mental, emotional and physical mastery. This volunteer position affords him the opportunity to promote his personal life philosophy that he first learned as a Boy Scout: “Be Prepared”.

Mr. Bower received a BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) degree in Accounting from Baylor University and a MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree from Texas A & M University where he was recognized as the most outstanding MBA student in the area of finance among six north Texas schools. Furthermore, he earned his CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification while working for the prestigious Big 8 accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand as a Tax Specialist and Senior Auditor working in close collaboration with the firm’s officers in the healthcare, banking retail, computer, manufacturing, agricultural, ranching and governmental, as well as oil and gas, industries to provide service related to auditing and tax issues. As an active sports enthusiast, Mark also completed the 1999 Houston and New York Marathons in under 5 hours and summited both 14,410 ft. Mt. Rainier in 2001 and 13, 776 ft. Grand Teton in 2002.

Randee T. Ruiz

Randee Ruiz began her association with Mark Bower in 1998 through their involvement with the Texas Society of CPAs where both Ms. Ruiz and Mr. Bower are members. A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Ruiz worked as an investment banking professional for seventeen years, holding a license as a Registered Securities Principal with the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance with related coursework in Accounting from Southern Methodist University and a Masters of Science in Accounting from University of Texas at Dallas.

Ms. Ruiz currently works as a Managing Director of Bower & Associates, LLC. where she assists in overseeing the firm’s business development efforts, as well as the management of resources necessary to help clients access the capital markets as desired. Previously, she was a Senior Vice President at First Southwest Company, running its national Arbitrage Rebate Compliance Services group. In that role, she provided computational services related to federal income tax restrictions on the investment of tax-exempt bond proceeds for state and local government issuers.

Ms. Ruiz makes her home in Dallas, Texas with her husband and two young children. As a competitive endurance athlete, Randee has run the Dallas White Rock Marathon, several New York City Marathons and the 2007 Boston Marathon. Most significantly, she was an official finisher at the 2005 Ironman New Zealand and at the 2005 Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championship with a time of 15:42:49.

Meet Our Team

Baron Cass

Baron Cass, Vice President of Bower & Associates, was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He left only to attend the University of Colorado, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Following his brief time away, he returned home to begin the pursuit of a career in business.

Since then, Mr. Cass has moved quickly to develop a very impressive resume in a relatively short period of time. First, he worked with the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee where he contributed to the conception, planning and execution of all its special events through social media, online promotions and on-site operations. At the conclusion of that choice assignment, Mr. Cass advanced to a key role with an oil field water recycling specialist, managing all customer and project engagements along with the design and implementation of the company-wide software system for the firm’s management and clients.

Mr. Cass’ passion for life is reflected in his personal achievements as well. He is an accomplished lacrosse player who competed at the high school and collegiate level. In addition, Mr. Cass also taught snowboarding as a professional instructor in Colorado during winter weekends and breaks from school. His true love, however, lies within American Airlines Center where he can be found at most home games cheering on his beloved Dallas Mavericks. This is matched only by his adoration for his family, wife and two dogs.

Rory Carruthers

Director of Marketing, Rory Carruthers is an Award-Winning #1 International Best Selling Author and Co-Founder of Your EPIC Book Launch. He is an International Book Launch Expert™ who has over 20 years of business, sales and marketing experience. Rory has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Business Journal and The Boston Globe and is a member of the National Academy of Best Selling Authors.

Dominica Schaaf

Social Media & Website Developer, Dominica Schaaf, is the World’s Most Sought-after Social Media Marketing Expert and Branding Consultant. The work she does is so secret, she can’t talk about it. What can be said is that she has 8 major corporations who rely on her expertise daily to run their marketing and branding campaigns. These companies boast a 300% increase in sales directly from Dominica’s marketing strategies. CMO’s in the Bay Area not only pay top dollar for her services but are put on a six month waiting list before they can hire her.

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