BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Shelby County Member At-Large
Allan Lowe is our At- Large member from Shelby County, and is Shelby County’s representative on the Cawaco Grant Committee. He is owner of Lowe Insurance Agency and also Associate Broker with Lowe and Associates Realty, Inc.
Allan tells me he originally went into the insurance sales career because he had just returned from a military tour in Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and was tired of being in the sun and the sand and the dust storms in the Middle East. He figured it might be nice to wear a suit and learn something new, so he accepted an offer to become an agent with Nationwide Insurance. He’s been an agent since 1992, and says he’s grown to see the value in being there to help people through tough times in their lives.
Allan has been a Cawaco board member since 2006. Cawaco needed an at-large member and although Allan was the Mayor of Columbiana at that time, he found time to serve on the Cawaco Council.
When I asked him what was his favorite project Cawaco has helped with in his area, he replied, “I can’t name all the projects that were accomplished through the direct involvement, and funding, by CAWACO. Local schools, businesses, ecological and agrarian organizations have all benefited tremendously.”
Since retiring from the military, he has had the time to go back to woodworking, a hobby he’s loved since his first days in Woodshop at Shelby County High School. “ I never did drugs, so I don’t know what kind of high you get from them, but I can’t imagine getting a better feeling than I get from woodworking.” He says.
When I asked if there was anything else he would like to share, he said, “I am a proud graduate of Auburn University!”