Matthew J. Hower, a retired manufacturing executive with over 30 years of experience and an extensive public service background, was sworn-in as the newest BCFPD trustee at the District’s May 21st Board meeting.

His appointment by Barrington Township President Amy Nykaza fills a vacancy left by the retirement of former Trustee Paul Heinze in April.

“Becoming a BCFPD Board member is a wonderful opportunity to get involved and give back,” he explained.  “I’m looking forward to working with my fellow trustees and the firefighters who courageously protect the residents and businesses we serve.”

Trustee Hower brings wide-ranging experience to his new position, having chaired, co-chaired, and served on the boards of several local, state, and national organizations.  These include ESCA (Employee-Owned S Corporations of America), the State of Illinois Financial Reporting Standards Board, the Illinois Teachers Retirement System’s Audit Committee, and St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights.

Currently, Trustee Hower is Founder and Principal of a private holding company that identifies early stage firms for investment.  He and his wife, Lisa, moved from Palatine to Barrington Hills in 2017.  They have four adult sons.

Fire District leaders welcome new Trustee Matt Hower (3rd from right) to the BCFPD Boardon May 21stAlso pictured are (from left): BCFPD Attorney Rich Curran, Trustee Keith Hanson, Fire Chief Jim Kreher, Trustees Marvin Hill and Paul Struck, Barrington Township Trustee Daniel P. Fitzgerald, and Barrington Township President Amy Nykaza.


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