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Colin Owens

Colin Owens

Colin Owens

Colin talks a lot about how farming-is-to-cooking as marketing-is-to-BD, which we guess makes him a chef, being that he leads business development at Jackson Spalding. He joined us in 2012 after four years serving as marketing lead and chief-of-staff for various divisions and regions at Hay Group, Inc., a global management consulting firm based in Philadelphia (now part of Korn Ferry). Colin joined the JS Leadership Team in 2014.

He began his career as a photojournalist for Gray Communications, owner of several community newspapers including the Gwinnett Daily Post in Metro Atlanta. In just over a year on the job, he earned two coveted Associated Press Awards for Photojournalism. Colin also did a brief detour into the mortgage lending industry, which gave him proficiency in database management, vertical marketing strategies, and customer service.

Colin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Newspaper Journalism from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Georgia. He spent his senior year working as the photo editor for the independent Red & Black campus newspaper, where he made $2/hr but was one of his most favorite jobs. With an insatiable curiosity and eagerness to learn, he is also a 2017 graduate of Leadership Buckhead, a prestigious leadership development association in Atlanta.

A native of Boca Raton, Fla., Colin moved to Lilburn, Ga. just before middle school. It was there that his love for baseball took hold as he played catch with a neighborhood boy and his dad, who turned out to be Atlanta Braves All-star Dale Murphy. The move was fortuitous in other ways, too, as Colin met his future wife, Jennifer, who managed his high school’s baseball team. Colin says he spent a lot of time on the bench, giving him abundant opportunities to learn about their mutual concern for the environment. He jokes that if he’d been better at baseball, they would never have gotten together.

Today they live in Brookhaven (in an eternal fixer upper, where he does most of the work himself) with their two daughters, Ellie and Jules, who help remind them that every day is an adventure. When spring rolls around, Colin’s thoughts still turn to baseball and his quest to visit every Major League stadium in the U.S. At last count he had warmed the seats in nine, leaving 21 to go.