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Bucks County Tourist Destination Names New Chief Executive Officer

by Staff

LAHASKA, PA —Bob McGowan, who has led Peddler’s Village as chief operating officer for the past six years, has been promoted by its board of directors to chief executive officer.

In his new role, McGowan will continue to oversee long-term planning for the real estate and hospitality business, which has emerged as a preeminent destination for entertainment as well as shopping and dining.


McGowan also will manage the overall operations and resources, which include more than 350 employees, for the 42-acre property.

The promotion was announced by Donna Jamison, daughter of Peddler’s Village founder Earl Jamison, who serves as the chair of the Peddler’s Village board of directors.

“Under Bob’s leadership, Peddler’s Village has achieved remarkable success over the past six years,” said Jamison. “Bob has delivered record-breaking sales and profits after expertly
navigating the devastating Covid-19 shutdown and the lingering challenges. He values tremendously both our employees and our customers, and he has consistently improved the level of retail and the physical property while also expanding its entertainment offerings. Additionally,
he has fostered important partnerships with community leaders and organizations, including nonprofit institutions. We are pleased and proud to recognize this success by naming Bob McGowan chief executive officer.”

Before joining Peddler’s Village, McGowan managed several of Philadelphia’s most active hospitality properties. Most recently, he served as area general manager for the Valley Forge Hotel Management Company and PM Hotel Group, overseeing the complex that included the Crown Plaza and Fairfield Inn in King of Prussia. He also has extensive marketing and sales expertise, having held numerous related positions that include regional director of sales and marketing for five properties connected to the Somerset (New Jersey) Marriott Hotel.

McGowan holds a B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Penn State University. He is a board member of both Visit Bucks County and the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Peddler’s Village, visit or call 215-794-4000.

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