Why Merle Owens Works For You

Jesse Owens,

Merle Owens was built with leaders who have gained the experience of large, national search firms – and applied it to meet a vast range of requirements, large and small. We’re a dominant source for midlevel companies with little or no HR staff – but who identify quality people as a top priority. To many of our clients, we’re an affordable alternative to mega-national staffing firms whose priorities cannot fully comprehend your individual, specific needs. And we realize they are all different within growing companies in a fast-moving world.

That’s why the key to our success is to look far beyond the experience and qualifications of a candidate – to look into the culture and personality of your company, your organization… Remember… Merle Owens seeks a powerful fit, which is more than a good match. We call it a Fit-Plus. And it requires a keen grasp of the culture and personality of your company. These are special requirements for management and support staff met by a specialized search firm: Merle Owens & Associates.


Jesse W. Owens joined Merle W. Owens & Associates in May 1995 after 19 years in residential construction sales and marketing. Owens has held sales management positions with nationally known builders, Centex Homes/Fox and Jacobs, Nash Phillips/Copus Homebuilders, Ashton Woods Homes, and Sovereign Homes Corp. (an affiliate of RCS Investments). During his career, Mr. Owens received numerous national and local awards and professional recognition for his contributions in target marketing and merchandising, as well as his innovative, motivational approach to sales management. 

Since joining Merle W. Owens & Associates, Owens has completed over 240 search assignments in banking and financial services, distribution/ supply chain, manufacturing, advertising, sales and marketing, broadcast/print media, multi-unit retail, hi-tech and others. 

He is past president/chairman of the Cowtown Executives Association, past chairman of Martin United Methodist Church Council, and past member Board of Directors of the Sales & Marketing Council Home & Apartment Builders Metropolitan Dallas. He is also a former board member of the Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association and member of the Texas Tech Ex-Students Association, Red Raider Club, Texas Tech Rawls College of Business Alumni Association, and TCU Neely School of Business Fellows Mentor. 

Owens received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Texas Tech University.

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What makes the difference between a satisfactory match and an excellent fit? While a good search firm should be able to align requirements to an individual’s qualifications, Merle Owens goes much farther. We explore the cultural distinctions of your organization – the personality of your company – and look for individuals who share the same attributes. They can quickly become part of the family:  Hard-working, capable, and fully able to meet expectations of the position…but also imparting the same values and readily fitting in. Our clients have used the word “uncanny” in our ability to secure a powerful fit. We call it the Fit-Plus. 

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