Newsbytes Podcast: ABA’s Jeff Owen on a 45-Year Legacy of Leadership

In this special bonus episode of the ABA Newsbytes Podcast, Evan Sparks and Shaun Kern interview ABA Chief Operating Officer Jeff Owen, who retires from the association on Dec. 31, 2017, after 45 years with the association.

In this extended conversation, Owen shares historical reflections from the industry — including the ABA Convention where Citibank Chairman Walter Wriston cited Plato’s allegory of the cave in his remarks — as well as some of the leaders he had a chance to work with.

Owen also shares no-nonsense insights about effective leadership, many drawn from his decades of work with the ABA-state bankers association alliance and ABA’s Community Bankers Council. He also discusses the power of professional development and why he and his wife, Diana, have endowed a scholarship fund for emerging bank leaders at the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

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In this episode:

Jeff Owen
ABA Chief Operating Officer

Evan Sparks
ABA Banking Journal

Shaun Kern
Senior Counsel
ABA Office of Regulatory Policy