Justin Owen is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Beacon Center of Tennessee. He manages the day-to-day operations of the Center, oversees all policy initiatives, and serves as the main point of contact for members of the Tennessee General Assembly, the media, and the public on policy issues.
Justin advances the Beacon Center’s mission – changing lives through public policy – by promoting free market solutions at the state and local level. In his two years as president & CEO of Beacon, Justin has helped usher in comprehensive tort reform, assisted in the repeal of collective bargaining by teachers’ unions, and worked to end Tennessee’s death tax, among many smaller achievements. He also frequently appears on television and radio and writing opinions pieces for newspapers across Tennessee. He has appeared on all four major network news stations in Nashville, as well as stations in Memphis, Knoxville, and the Tri-Cities. He has a weekly radio segment on the “Ralph Bristol Show” on WTN 99.7 FM, and often appears on other talk radio stations throughout the state to educate citizens on public policy issues. His writing has appeared in newspapers such as the national Daily Caller,the Tennessean, the Nashville City Paper, the Knoxville News Sentinel, and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Prior to joining the Beacon Center, Justin served as a law clerk to the U.S. Attorney in Memphis and at the Pentagon as a legal intern to the General Counsel of the United States Navy. He is involved in various nonprofits in Nashville, recently serving as legal counsel and civic committee chairman of the Nashville Junior Chamber and as a board intern for Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee. Justin has also been honored with the Nashville Business Journal‘s “Forty Under 40? award, given to young professionals under age 40 who excel in their professions and are leaders in the local community.
Justin received his J.D. from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis and obtained his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He is licensed to practice law in Tennessee.
There’s no doubt the American economy is in a world of hurt. Until last month, we had failed to drop below an eight percent unemployment rate since February 2009, we have a record $16 trillion (and growing) national debt, and we have an incontinent federal government that is making matters worse by the hour.