Jeff helps people tell their story. A journalist by training, he says sharing life's chapters can inspire, teach and entertain. He believes stories connect people - making businesses more successful and nonprofits more impactful. While he is serious about his work, he believes laughter keeps everyone relaxed and creative.
Jeff Owen's Story
Jeff served more than 30 years as an award-winning journalist and daily newspaper editor and publisher. Every day was a rush of adrenaline to get the news to the press.
On one fateful evening, while sitting on his back porch and sipping a favorite beverage, he decided to pursue a new professional passion - digital communication. He saw the seismic shift in how audiences were consuming information and wanted to move into the digital space.
He first helped develop marketing and messaging programs at Promex Technologies, and then launched J Owen Media in 2009. His client list started with a library and grew to include a manufacturing company, healthcare providers, nonprofits, foundations, professional service firms and private businesses.
In early 2017, Jeff joined Sean Miller - a successful entrepreneur with experience in technology, marketing and business and former partner at Promex Technologies - to launch Clever Dogs Media Inc. He also is a partner with Arête Purpose Consulting, a strategic planning firm in Indianapolis.
A graduate of Western Illinois University, he has certifications from HubSpot Inbound Marketing Academy, Hootsuite Social Media Platform Academy and the American Press Institute. He has spoken at state and regional conferences; was an adjunct instructor at Franklin College's Pulliam School of Journalism for 10 years; and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Indianapolis and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.
Jeff and his wife Cathy (a retired special education teacher) live on 23 acres of Indiana farmland with their Golden Retriever, Izzi. They browse antique stores, enjoy traveling to Vermont and buy their fresh vegetables at local farmers' markets. Their son Adam and his wife Kim live nearby, so they get to meet them for Mexican food.
Jeff also plays golf poorly, trots 5K races slowly and mopes around the house when his beloved Indianapolis Colts or St. Louis Cardinals lose a game.
Commitment to Community
Jeff has been in leadership positions and associated with:
Johnson County Development Corporation (Now Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance)
past executive committee, investor
Aspire Johnson County Community Matters
Johnson Memorial Hospital Foundation
current board member
Leadership Johnson County
graduate, past board president, board member
United Way of Johnson County
past board president, campaign chair, board member
Hoosier State Press Association
past board member