Diane Stowers

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Diane Stowers

Diane Stowers, the only African American owner of a BP gas station in Wisconsin, exemplifies the strengths and clarity of vision needed for any undertaking. In 1972, she moved from her birthplace of Coahoma, MS to reunite with a sister here in Milwaukee. Continuing her education, she earned a General Education Diploma at Milwaukee Area Technical College and then advanced on to earn a Dental Assistant Certificate of Completion in 1976.  Relentlessly searching an entire year for employment landed her first position with Dr. Gliesner on 21st and North Avenue. She followed that with a position at the North Point Dental Group.  After seventeen years as a dental assistant, her marriage to Jimmy L. Stowers, “the love of her life” prompted a career change. The Stowers leased an Amoco gas station in 1990. After sixteen years of marriage, Jimmy died  in 2004, a month before a loan to purchase the property finally came through. With her determination and the assistance of her son, two daughters, and faithful employees, the business is sustained. Despite back-to-back personal and business challenges, Diane epitomizes love of community and family, optimism, and resolve, while continuing to serve in the capacity she believes God intended for her.