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Rob Owen

I Educate, Transform, and Develop Leaders

      This site is focused on The Leadership Course that I lead for businesses and within the university environment.  As a retired and grateful business executive, this comes from my overwhelming desire to make a difference with anything I do.  I particularly want my engagement with you to leave you Being a Leader and transformed in your ability to make a difference for yourself and others.

     I have been on a life-long mission to be the best manager and leader I can be.  This initially began with my Father saying to me, "Son, in the end, all you have is your word", and continued when I was fortunate to have my first management position in the mid 70's and knew that I had little idea of what managing and leading meant.  I committed myself to be the best I could be.  This journey continued through my formal eduction, reading, studying, observing great and long-lasting leaders, and engagement with the original course creators of The Leadership Course I teach.

Business: I've been in leading business positions for over 30 years leading technology organizations and delivering global business solutions to the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries.  My expertise is in value delivery, technology, quality, turnaround, organizational development, and leadership.

     I teach the transformational leadership course Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership course in both the university and business environments.


  • MBA Thunderbird School of Global Management, with distinction and honors

  • BA in Business, Regis University

  • Wharton Effective Executive graduate program

  • Villanova Lean Six Sigma Certification

  • Quality/Six Sigma Instructor, Center for Quality Management

  • Lifetime of additional continual learning.

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With Steve Zaffron, co-author The Three Laws of Performance; Werner Erhard, innovator in Transformational Leadership; Kari Granger, Captain USAF; and Dr. Michale Jenson, Professor Harvard Business school where I assisted with the public Leadership Course In Panchgani, India.


Teaching: I am faculty at the University of Arizona and the Thunderbird School of Global Management where I teach on-campus and online:

  • Supply Chain and Logistics

  • Quality Management

  • Operations Management

  • Operations and Project Leadership 

  • Leadership

  • IT Strategy for the Executive MBA Program

  • Variety of special courses and topics for the UA Executive Education program

  • Co-lead MIS Consulting program and mentored MS MIS student teams in paid semester-long consulting projects with major businesses

  • 2020 Thunderbird Outstanding Faculty, selected by graduating students of the Masters of Applied Leadership and Management.

With selected members of my team in Bangkok, Thailand.

Board Experience: Currently Board Member Kids at Hope, an organization committed to the success of all kids, no exceptions.  Past Board Member for Tiempo Development, a near-shore software development and support firm and ISSC Technologies, a Taiwan based Semiconductor firm

Rob Owen

Phone: (602) 625-5499


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