Robert (Bob) Owens Jr., chief financial officer of OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc., was recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest Board of Directors member by Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, at a meeting held on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

Owens has worked with OTR Wheel Engineering since 1998. As chief financial officer, he directs a finance team that encompasses Controllership, Business Operations, Decision Support, Financial Planning and Analysis and Reporting, Human Resources, and Legal.


Prior to OTR Wheel Engineering, Owens was the owner of Comprehensive Management Services in Rome, vice-president of operations and CFO, Physicians Strategic Alliance in Orlando; consultant/director of accounting, Centrex Primary Care Network in Rome; president and CFO, Vascular Centers of America in Rome; asst. vice-president and controller, DVI Healthcare Operations in Irvine, Calif.; accounting manager, Browning-Ferris Industries; accounting manager, Ryder International Freight; senior accountant, Hearst Community Newspapers; and senior accountant, International Marine Engineering.


Owens earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from California State University in Long Beach and a master’s degree in finance from CSU.


Georgia Northwestern’s Board serves both in a community advisory capacity and in a limited administrative capacity, performing certain oversight responsibilities as designated by State Board policy. The local Board is comprised of 16 members from the business and industrial communities from nine counties in the service area (Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties). State Board Policy defines the role and responsibilities of the local Board. Board members are selected because of their experience, ability, and dedication to deal with issues that relate to the mission of occupational education and are without contractual, employment, or personal financial investment in the school.