Owens_Newphoto-298x195Jennifer Owens joined the Lakeshore Advantage team as president in May 2014. Jennifer brings outstanding experience in business retention, expansion and attraction to the organization. Jennifer’s insight and understanding of economic development make her ideal to support or develop initiatives that help businesses thrive in West Michigan’s Lakeshore community. In her capacity, Jennifer delivers direct business attraction, expansion and retention services, while providing overall leadership to the organization.

Prior to joining the Lakeshore Advantage team, Jennifer held the position of vice president at Southwest Michigan First where she led the firm’s new business attraction efforts, leading to investments from companies such as General Mills, Hark Orchids and Newell Rubbermaid. Her accomplishments also led her to be named one of the nation’s Top Economic Developers Under 40 in 2013. In addition, Jennifer held key positions at Ann Arbor SPARK and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

In Jennifer’s free time, she loves to run. Jennifer has run many road races and competed in several half and full marathons. Jennifer and her husband Mike have three sons who are always up for a race.

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Michigan State University and is pursuing an Executive Management degree from the University of Notre Dame.