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Executive Biographies



Merle W. Owens opened a specialty executive search firm in 1993 in Fort Worth to meet the management and technical executive search needs of his clients. He was a Senior Vice President with Paul R. Ray & Company, Inc. for nearly 15 years, joining the company in 1979. During his career he has conducted numerous searches in general business, as well as public companies and not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Owens has broad search experience in a wide variety of businesses, including manufactured products, raw material manufacturing, equipment distribution, service organizations, the energy business, and various health care related organizations. Within these businesses, he has extensive experience in the placement of senior management, as well as technical and staff personnel. Searches for these organizations have ranged from Presidents; CEOs; COOs; VPs of Finance; CFOs; General Managers; Legal Counsels; VPs of Sales and Marketing; VPs of Environmental Services; VPs of Planning, Quality, Information Systems, and Development; VPs of Manufacturing, Operations, and R&D.

Prior to joining Paul R. Ray & Company, Inc., Mr. Owens was a sales and marketing executive with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, where he worked closely with a wide variety of industry and service organizations in design and servicing of their health care, life and disability benefits throughout Texas. Earlier, he was a Sales Engineer for the Oil Field Division of a substantial steel company, selling oil field equipment to the petroleum industry in the Southwest.

Mr. Owens received his Bachelor of Business Administration  in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma.








Jesse W. Owens joined Merle W. Owens & Associates in May 1995 after 19 years in residential construction sales and marketing. Mr. Owens has held sales management positions with nationally known builders, Centex Homes/Fox and Jacobs, Nash Phillips/Copus Homebuilders, Ashton Woods Homes, and Sovereign Homes Corp. (an affiliate of RCS Investments). During his career, Mr. Owens received numerous national and local awards and professional recognition for his contributions in target marketing and merchandising, as well as his innovative, motivational approach to sales management.

Since joining Merle W. Owens & Associates, Mr. Owens has completed over 130 search assignments in banking and financial services, distribution/ supply chain, manufacturing, advertising, sales and marketing, broadcast/print media, multi-unit retail, hi-tech and others.

Mr. Owens is past president/chairman of the Cowtown Executives Association, past chairman of Martin United Methodist Church Council, past member Board of Directors of the Sales & Marketing Council Home & Apartment Builders Metropolitan Dallas, former board member of the Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association and member of the Texas Tech Ex-Students Association, Red Raider Club, Texas Tech Rawls College of Business Alumni Association, and TCU Neely School of Business Fellows Mentor.

Mr. Owens received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Texas Tech University.