Michael Owens, CPA, MBA - Prepared to Lead
Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and Lecturer
Fletcher Hall, 417-C
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Michael Owens is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and a Lecturer in the Gary W. Rollins College of Business at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He oversees the graduate and outreach programs in the college including the Online Professional MBA program and the Executive Education program. He has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in accounting and finance since January of 2002.
Owens began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young in Chattanooga, Tenn., managing clients across a wide range of industries. He then served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Monumental Life Insurance Company in Baltimore, MD. Monumental is a part of Aegon, one of the largest international insurance groups in the world. He joined the company in 1984 as part of a new senior management group brought in to establish a new Direct Response Business. The company's Direct Response Business grew to more than $300 million in annual premium by 1990 when Mike departed to return to the Atlanta area. During his tenure, initially as Chief Financial Officer and later as Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Mike was responsible for all administration, operations, compliance and finance, including a staff of more than 300.
After leaving Monumental in order to relocate his family to the Atlanta area, Owens operated his own consulting business. Major projects included the development and execution of a recapitalization plan for a privately held manufacturing company, followed by the sale of the company to a large international firm for over $30 million. He then joined Coverdell & Company, a direct marketer of supplemental insurance and other financial products to customers of major financial institutions. Coverdell grew from a base of $5 million of annual revenue when Owens joined the company in 1990 to over $100 million at his departure. As President, Mike was responsible for the day to day operations of the company with bottom line responsibility. After retiring from Coverdell & Company, he served as a consultant and advisor on major client relationships, product development, pricing, profitability management and insurance carrier relationships.
Owens received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his MBA in Marketing from Loyola College of Maryland.