Owen was born in England. He completed a 7-year Engineering Apprenticeship with Rolls Royce in England emerging with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering
He joined Parker Pen UK as a Production Engineer and after a few years he was managing the engineering group with postgraduate degrees in Business and Management.
In ’83 he moved to the US where he held a number of executive leadership positions in the writing instrument industry and as a first-tier supplier serving the class 8 truck industry. In ’89 Owen became an American Citizen.
In 2000 he moved to Colorado - to start up TurningPoint, an executive retreat on 14 acres above Estes Park. It opened a month before 911.
Executive clients at TurningPoint wanted help with new careers and that led to partnering with Colorado Careers. In 2004 Owen bought the assets and decided to revive and rebuild the company with its unique approach to careers and its Colorado market niche’.
The TurningPoint retreat was sold in 2005 and by then Owen and his wife Jeanie were operating Colorado Careers with a book of 50 clients and offices across the Front Range.
Owen has always had a taste for adventure, both in his career and his private life. In England he was a long-distance Kayak racer and an avid dingy racer both giving way to ocean sailing windsurfers. He started mountain biking and salmon fishing in Wisconsin moving on to marathoning in Colorado and Utah. He took up off-road expeditioning in 2005 after just one backcountry trip in a Rover Defender. He now also guides leadership training expeditions with his partnership with High Trail Expeditions.