Rick Owen

President & CEO

Rick began his work with United Way in 2016, after accepting the position of President & CEO, United Way Emerald Coast (formerly United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties).  He then joined the United Way of Florida team as its President in September 2019. United Way of Florida is a statewide association representing Florida's 28 United Ways on Florida legislative and administrative issues and implementation of developmental programs for local United Way organizations.

Rick served in the United States Air Force for 27 years in various capacities in fighter aircraft maintenance and professional military education, eventually retiring in 2012 as a Chief Master Sergeant.  After completing his military career, he worked as Chief of Staff to the Okaloosa County Administrator where he oversaw the development of a multi-year implementation plan for expenditure of funds from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement, as well as various other projects. 

He and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Tallahassee and have two adult children: Nicole, who resides in Seattle; and Corey, who serves in the Air Force in Colorado Springs.  They also have one daughter, Reagan, who still lives at home.