Owen is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Graduate School of Business
Prior to this, he is a vice president (energy trading) of Goldman, Sachs & Co.
He served as a Marine infantry officer for six years, including MEU(SOC) assignments as well as an Iraq tour as Fire Support Officer for 1st Force Recon Company. His Reserve affiliation continues as 2d Brigade Platoon Commander, 4th ANGLICO.
A former heavyweight rower, he has completed 100-mile ultra-marathons, attempted Mount Everest, and finished as high as second in the Eco Challenge. His first novel won the Boyd Literary Award for best military novel. He has written several articles on the military and outdoor adventures for publications as diverse as Playboy and The New York Times. In 2005, he won the Marine Corps Leadership Essay Contest.