Thom Owens retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after a 20-year career in both combat arms and special operations units and assignments. Following his time in service, he was a founder and served as the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Executive Officer of a defense contracting firm providing specialized manpower back to the government supporting efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. After selling the business, he continued his education and earned a Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University. He started a leadership development and process improvement consultancy and also serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching business, leadership, and management part-time at Regent University at the undergraduate level.