Director - Carolina's Active Retirement
Dan Owens, a native of Warren, Arkansas
holds a B.S. degree from the University of Mississippi
and an MBA from the University of South Carolina graduate
business program. He served an internship on Capitol
Hill for former U.S. Senator David Pryor (D-AR) and
later was one of 14 MBA students around the country
to serve an internship with the Magazine Publishers
of America of New York, NY.
Early in his career, he was the founder
and first publisher of Arkansas Business newspaper,
a statewide weekly that continues to be published today.
After selling his interest, Owens moved to the Carolinas.
In 1993 and launched Senior Living Associates,
a publishing and consulting business.
In 1999 Owens launched the Carolinas
Active Retirement Association (CARA), a Carolinas-wide
trade organization that helps towns and cities, developers,
realtors and other business people network with others
who market to, build for or otherwise serve the active
retirement industry in the Carolinas. Working with
CARA, Owens has hosted six Carolinas-wide
business conferences, bringing in speakers from as
far away as Hartford, Connecticut and San Francisco.
In 2000, Owens sold five Senior
Living Resource Magazines that he
had launched in Charlotte and expanded to Raleigh/Durham,
Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Columbia, SC and Greenville/Spartanburg,
SC. He currently is the publisher of Retirement
Lifestyles in the Carolinas,
a magazine distributed throughout the Carolinas
and around the country. Through Senior Living Associates,
Inc., Owens has consulted with developers of retirement
housing, as well as communities seeking retirees,
such as Sumter, SC, Seneca, SC, Morganton, NC and
Dan lives in Charlotte with his wife, Melissa and
daughter Caroline. He is a past president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Senior Centers Inc. and the Lions Foundation of the
Piedmont, an organization that supports disabled students
at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He
is the founder and organizing chairman of the Greater
Charlotte Sports Hall of Fame, an enterprise that honors
sports legends. All proceeds from this enterprise go
to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers.
KEY INTERESTS: Creative Economic Development for NC
Travel and Tourism.