Dr. Thomas Owens is an author, speaker and trainer and is the principal strategist at Strategic Influence Alternatives, where he serves others by accelerating excellence. His background and experience come from a 20-year career serving in the U.S. Army in combat arms (Infantry) and special operations (Psychological Operations) assignments, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Following that, he was the Chief Operations Officer in a defense contracting company that provided support to various U.S. government agencies and departments, supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He currently serves as a founding director and the President of the Christian Business Coalition of Hampton Roads, an organization with a mission to develop leaders to fulfill their God-given purpose through business.
He holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Geography from Western Kentucky University (1988), a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy University (1998) and a Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University (2016). He also has a 40-hour digital certificate in Leadership Excellence from Kennesaw State University (2018).
He has been married to his wife Tonya since 1987 and they have four daughters. His hobbies include rifle and pistol shooting and horseback riding. He is the author of The SWORD of Leadership: Become the Leader You Are Meant to Be (2019).
I am passionate about spreading the Glory of God throughout the marketplace. I enjoy helping others discover their purpose to embrace their calling in the marketplace.
I am passionate about accelerating excellence in leaders. Excelerated Leaders© are those who accept responsibility for their development as a leader and I get excited when I can help them do that.
I am passionate about helping leaders achieve strategic influence. I want to help others be deliberate and purposeful in their development and intentional in their execution as a leader, embracing a higher standard of excellence.
Regent University - College of Arts and Sciences, Business & Leadership
Virginia Beach, VA
January 2018 - Present
Founder and Principal Strategist
Strategic Influence Alternatives, LLC
Virginia Beach, VA
May 2015 - Present
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
United States Army
June 1988 - July 2008
• BS, Geography
Western Kentucky University (1988)
• MS, International Relations
Troy University (1998)
• DSL, Strategic Leadership
Regent University (2016)
• Digital Certificate
Leadership Excellence (2018)
• Over 24 years of leadership training and experience in the US
Army, in both Combat Arms and Special Operations
• Over 18 years of business experience as both an entrepreneur
and independent contractor including four years as the Chief
Operations Officer in a startup defense contracting firm
• Specialized training and experience as a trainer, educator
and facilitator of knowledge transference to adult learners as
a business and leadership coach and consultant
• Excellent written and oral communication skills and proficient
in common computer software
• Strategic Influencer
• Accomplished Speaker
• Seasoned Planner
• Efficient and effective operations integrator
• Top Five Strengths (Clifton StrengthsFinder)
• Kolbe Index Modus Operandi of 7-7-2-4
(Strategize, Systematize, Stabilize, Restore)
• RocketFuel Visionary/Integrator scores of 55/89
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