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Don Owens
Texas
Don Owens of The May Club, Eurpoean Initiative and The Port Royal Society
Interests: Integrating our worldview into how we do everything in life.
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To Hell and Back I enjoy the classics, but even more, epics. Early this morning I finished Dante's Inferno. New books generally bore me. They take one simple idea and attempt to expound on it within 200 pages. So much has already been written on a wealth of subjects, and delivered with more detail and clarity than anything modern. Unless it is a review of the latest scientific discoveries, I assure you, it is not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2013 at Don Owens
Reprinted from PIA Newsletter: September 21, 2012 (Baltimore, MD) The Professional Insurance Agents National Association named Don Owens, President of Empower Insurance, as the 2012 National Company Representative of the Year. Owens accepted the award at the PIA annual awards ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland Friday afternoon. In May of 2012, Owens received the regional award for Company Representative of the Year from the Texas PIA Association. In addition, Empower MGA has won the national MGA... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Don Owens
Meeting the needs of others is one of the great callings of life in the Christian faith. Ed has mastered this calling. He and his wife Karen have always had a heart for serving those, not only in far away places, but right in their own communities. I met Ed and Karen in a class at Southcliff Baptist Church more years ago than I can now recall. In his pastoral roles, Ed has ensured that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Don Owens
When I think back to being a junior high kid growing up outside of Chicago, there are a few names that are centric to most events: Marc Lapitino, Heather Klopp, Steve and Mike Domark, Holly Dahlman, Ken Smith and Brian Williamson. Without the grace of time, it would be hard to see how each of these people influenced me, but in reflection, it is clear. Brian and I lived in an area of Wheaton known... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Don Owens
I have always been impressed with risk takers. Men and women that put the fate of their career, and so much more, into their own hands. Randy is one of those individuals. Randy has a very successful agency in Spring, Texas. I met Randy several years ago when we began our MGA. He is a connected and committed person and has shown me and our company a great deal of kindness. As is obvious to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at Don Owens
It's Valentine's so who else should be on this day but my bride. In 1987 while sitting with a friend on Camp Bowie in Fort Worth Danae and her friend Stephanie pull up along side. We all decide to go to Teen West, a dance club for teens back in the 80's. Danae and I never danced together, but a few weeks later I got a phone call that she was going to be in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Don Owens
It is a gift to instantly make people feel loved. Kari, or as I know her "Mark's Mom" has that gift. However, I'm not sure it is as much of a gift, as it is a choice of how to live your life. If it is a choice, she chose to have an extra abundance. The first time I met Mark's Mom was on a trip back from the King Ranch. She lives in Corpus... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Don Owens
Some people have superior organization skills, like Cliff, but then that is the sign of a great engineering mind. I met Cliff several years ago at Wedgwood and we have been running in some of the same circles ever since. I just got back from a weekend at his farm out in East Texas where we must have shot every gun known to mankind. Cliff knows a lot about a lot and he can enlighten... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Don Owens
There are a few people in your life that have profound input. David is one of those people for me. I met David while in college at Southcliff Baptist Church and for a while, he and I, Danae, and his future wife Rachel were inseparable. We had our weddings within two weeks of each, were in each others weddings, lived less than 100 feet away in an apartment complex, and experienced a lot together. David... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at Don Owens
In the time I have known Eric, 10 years, he has been a school principle, a soldier in Afghanistan, a student, a chaplin, a nurse, and is now serving full time again in the military at Fort Hood. It makes me tired just thinking about. But one thing for sure, he never stands in one place to long. Eric is an avid outdoors man, a quality I always appreciate in a friend. He is a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Don Owens
I'm not sure how my brother was able to convince Mona to marry him, but he is a fortunate man. I could not stress how fortunate our family is to have Mona. She is a person that exhibits more positive qualities than I could list in this post. Mona has raised three fine children on her own. She is bright, articulate, caring, friendly, inclusive and a wealth of other worthy adjectives. She clearly has made... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Don Owens
I met Chris when he was the Minister of Education at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth. He is now teaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris has always had a mind for, what I consider the most important action element, Discipleship. Chris has not only been focused in this area, he has been published about it as well. Chris is a great listener, a lost art, yet according to Boenhoffer, one of the most... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at Don Owens
In business, many times you have the opportunity to meet incredibly exceptional people. Craig is exceptional. From our time working together words like: trustworthy, honorable, and dependable come to mind. I met Craig when he was a director for GMAC in the Texas market. He has since left to lead in Flordia for Mercury Insurance a billion dollar powerhouse company. Craig is a great example for others of what a husband and father should be.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Don Owens
Some people are just friendly to everyone and see the best in others right from the start. That's Terry. I met Terry through a mutual friend Richard Sammons. Richard invited Terry on a May Club trip several years back and he instantly connected with the crew. Terry and his wife are blast to be around. You can be assured with them you will have a relaxed and enjoyable time. Terry was a great addition to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Don Owens
Some events in life define you and your actions for years to come. The move to Texas in my sophmoreyear was one of those defining events. It was when I felt most alone. Fortunately, there were a few people that made the move easier. Leah was one of those people that made the change easier. I met Leah at First Baptist Church of Crowley. She was in the youth group there and one of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Don Owens
Well over 15 years ago now this young aggressive guy from New jersey comes to us looking for an internship in radio, it was Keith Nagengast. For one of his first assignments I had him take a KLTY artist to the airport and had to tell him not to curse while she was in the car. That was now a long time ago, and Keith is a very different man. Keith took the reins at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Don Owens
Trevor jumps on Facebook about once a year, and never on Twitter, so he may never see this post, however, Trevor is a valued friend. I met Trevor in the late 90's when he and his wife lived right across the street from us in south Fort Worth near Crowley. We were families with little children at the time which as many of you know makes for a busy life. Trevor and I are both... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Don Owens
Some people are clearly born to lead, Rafiq is one of those men. I met Rafiq a few years ago through our business. He commands a room and meeting with great skill, but while some people have this ability, he adds the most important element, authenticity. He always asks the hard but important questions, and when the business meeting is over, he's just as enjoyable to be around. He and his team have been a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at Don Owens
JTTW, or "Joy to the World", as she was named by our boss Chuck Brinkman, has been a special friend over the years. I met JTTW when we working at KLUV in Dallas. In the madness that was TK Communications and CBS Radio it was good to have a friend. She is famous for her starting phrase, that you must draw out when saying from the bottom of your throat , "Awwwww.mannnnn!" Over the years,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Don Owens
There is one laugh you will never miss and never forget, it's the laugh of Carol Ragland. I met Carol over 25 years ago. Her brother Gerald and I were friends, and I was very fortunate to be included in countless numbers of Ragland family get-togethers. Carol is almost always smiling and laughing. She is energy in a room. There are some people in life that never say anything bad of others, Carol is one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Don Owens
There are days that I am grateful for Facebook. Had there only been one person that I haven't seen in over 25 years that I would have wanted to know about, it was Holly Dahlman. Dr. Holly Dahlman lives and has a practice in Baltimore. I met her when she moved in just down the street from us in Wheaton, Illinois when we were in junior high. Best I remember, she and her brother and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Don Owens
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No matter what life has thrown at him, Gary has always had a smile. He is friendly and outgoing with anyone that crosses his path. He has never met a stranger. I met Gary at Southcliff many years ago and I'm fortunate to have been touched by his charisma, humor, and kindness. Gary has an entrepreneurial spirit that is supported by his positive outlook on life. He and Eric Flemming remind me a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Don Owens
It's a special gift when someone can make you instantly "feel at home", and Leanne has that gift. I don't believe I could find one soul on earth to say anything negative about her. We have enjoyed many Thanksgiving with my Aunt Leanne, Uncle Dennis and family. I met Leanne when she married my uncle and they asked me to be an usher. I think that was about 28 years ago. She is not an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Don Owens
I am especially fond of thinkers. Nigel is a thinker. Not only that, but also a doer. Taking time to think and analyze, but then taking action afterward is what I perceive to be the best personality. Nigel and his wife Karen live in Berlin, Germany. They moved there years ago following God's calling on their lives. They have been an encouragement to many, and they are an encouragement to me and my wife. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at Don Owens
When I grow up, I want to be like Monty Jones. Monty knows something about everything. He can build, repair, and design just about anything. His mind is designing and working even after he goes to sleep. This is a fact because he talks in his sleep. Whenever he is laying out a CAD design, you could learn the details if you put a recorder next to his bed. He is a committed man. Committed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Don Owens