If you were on a hiring panel for a new Chair of the Federal Reserve Board, would either a neatly trimmed beard or a bow tie even register on your dress and grooming "radar"?
I'm talking Ben Bernanke, (current Chairman of the Fed)
Richard Abrahamson, Secretary/Treasurer of the WTB&TS of Pennsylvania since 2000. I looked all over and couldn't find a picture of him, but he's famous for his bow ties. He probably sleeps with one on.
(For the record, this isn't Richard Abrahamson)
You can probably guess where I'd go with this if talking to local elders.