Lowman to Chair 2022 Outback Bowl

June 2, 2021

Tampa, FL -- The Outback Bowl has announced that Rita Lowman, President of Pilot Bank, will continue for a second year in the post of Chair of the Board of Directors of the popular New Year's Day college bowl game located in Tampa. Lowman was first elected to the chair post in 2020 and has been a long-time volunteer and sponsor with the Outback Bowl and a member of the Board of Directors since 2013.

"The Outback Bowl and its contribution to the game of football is outstanding," said Lowman. "My passion for this organization has grown over the years and I feel fortunate to serve as Chair of the 2021-22 year. The economic impact and community outreach makes me proud to be associated with the men and women who make the Outback Bowl one of the most successful bowls in the country. We look forward to an amazing year and a spectacular game between two excellent teams January 1, 2022."

"Rita continues to be an instrumental leader in our organization and the Tampa Bay community", said Jim McVay, President/CEO of the Outback Bowl. "We have been extremely fortunate for her involvement with the bowl and as our Chair for the past year."

Additional officers of the board for the 2021-22 bowl include: R. Troy Atlas, President, Stonehill, as Vice Chair; Todd Timmerman, Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, as Vice Chair of Pinellas County; Chris Roederer, Senior Vice President - Human Resources, Tampa General Hospital, as Vice Chair Hillsborough County; Greg Orchard, former CFO of Visit Tampa Bay, as Treasurer; and Todd Buchanan, Senior Vice President, AIG Retirement Services, as Secretary.

The Outback Bowl, features teams from the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten /ACC played in Raymond James Stadium and will celebrate its 36th game on January 1, 2022. Over its history it has brought more than a million out of market visitors to the region while creating an estimated $1.1 billion in economic impact and distributing $158 million to universities. It has also contributed more than $2.5 million to local charities since 2016. For information on the bowl go to www.OutbackBowl.com or call 813-874-BOWL.

About the Outback Bowl:

The Outback Bowl attracts visitors from more than 40 states each year to join local fans for the game and week of events while generating tens-of-millions of dollars in exposure for the region. The bowl boasts the longest title sponsor in bowl game history with Outback Steakhouse entering its 27th year with the game. To date the Outback Bowl has contributed over $158 million to universities over its history and is estimated to have generated more than $1.1 billion in economic impact for the Tampa Bay area. It has also donated more than $2.5 million to charities since 2016 and has committed to paying an additional $33 million to universities and donating at least $2 million more to charities through the 2026 game.