2016 celeb: John Owens

John Owens

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John has been the Chairman of the Board and president of Prevailance, Inc. since its inception in January 2005. He became CEO in 2007 when the company achieved its milestones to transition from start-up phase to sustained, long-term business operations. Under his leadership, Prevailance has now expanded operations across the Americas, and has additionally received Virginia’s Fantastic 50 Award for 2014, 2015, and 2016, recognized as one of the fastest growing businesses across the Commonwealth. John is a charismatic leader who believes that success is enjoyed exclusively by learning organizations. He challenges his company to renew itself daily—to avoid the trap of competing with other companies for market share. “Rather than waiting for our competition to try to unseat us from our clients, let’s become a new and better company that ‘unseats ourselves’”. John served 24 years in the military, both in the Marine Corps and Navy. Primarily a carrier based fighter pilot with extensive deployed and operational experience, he also has significant experience with Joint, NATO and Coalition operations as well as Cyber Operations. John earned his undergraduate degree from Asbury University in Kentucky, studied at the Master's level in Information Technology at the National Defense University, received a Master's equivalent certificate from Air Force Command and Staff College, earned a Master's of Science—Information Security from James Madison University in Virginia, and a Master’s of Business Administration at the College of William and Mary. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Boards of Virginia Beach Vision and the Tidewater Science Congress. Born in Louisiana, John was raised in Orlando, and has resided in Hampton Roads since 1990. He thanks Prevailance for their sponsorship of his performance in this season’s “Dancing with the Hampton Roads Celebrity Stars.”