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Our History


In 1993, after fifteen years in the executive search business Merle Owens established Merle Owens & Associates, a boutique search firm in Ft. Worth, Texas.  While serving as a Senior Vice President, Board member with a recognized international retained search firm, Merle recognized that there were client organizations who had mid-management as well as senior management search needs that large international search firms were not willing to approach.  By initially establishing executive search relationships with five specific organizations Merle Owens & Associates quickly grew to meet the broad needs of their client organizations.  As the business has dictated & business cycles have occurred adjustments in the number of company personnel has fluctuated, however since joining the company in 1995 Merle’s son Jesse Owens has grown in the business, and currently serves as it’s principal, and managing partner.


Merle Owens & Associates has strong, long standing, client relationships with several significant energy companies, healthcare organizations, consumer product producers, a large south west based distribution company, retail organizations,  industrial manufacturers, financial service companies,  & not for profit public service organizations.  The testimony to the kind of professional service our organization supplies to our clients is the fact that many of our client relationships now span our 18 years in the search business.  While most  of our searches are conducted for companies & organizations located in the southwest, we have the experience & ability to serve our clients needs wherever  that need occurs.