Robert ďBobĒ Bowman

Personal: 69. Born in St. Louis and moved frequently because of fatherís job. Married to Carol. Four children and seven grandchildren.

Education: Bachelorís degree in political science and masterís in community development, both from the University of Louisville.

Professional: Akronís deputy mayor of economic development since 2004. Before that, vice president of economic development for the Greater Akron Chamber, previously called the Akron Regional Development Board, for 16 years. Prior to that, numerous economic development positions in Virginia and Kentucky.

Number of countries visited: 17.

Favorite country visited: Ireland.

Country most wants to visit: Spain.

Countries with most interesting customs: China and Japan.

Countries with biggest opportunities for Akron: Italy; the triangle of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands; and Finland.

Languages he speaks: English and some German. Also can speak a few phrases in other languages.

Ohio.com extra: See more photographs of Bowman on his trips.