President Ted Owen of Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce announces retirement

Ted Owen, long-time President and CEO of Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce visited the studio on Monday to announce his retirement.

Owen first came to the Chamber in 2004, after retiring as president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal (a position he held twice). Previous to that he was an executive for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Owen also had a successful 22-year career in the military, where he attained the rank of captain and served as public information officer for the Marines at Camp Pendleton and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce promotes business through member services, economic development, community development, and public policy that balances economic prosperity with the quality of life. Its strategy for engagement focuses on five core competencies: building a strong local economy, promoting the community, providing networking and professional development opportunities, representing business before government, and political action.

Under Owen’s leadership, the organization represents more than 1,300 businesses, which provide employment to approximately 53,000 people. In his leadership capacity, Owen wrote and advocated for the current Carlsbad Noise and Entertainment Ordinance, which reduced rowdiness, fighting and excess noise in the Carlsbad Village, while still allowing people to have a good time listening to music, dancing and socializing.

He championed the construction and operation of the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, considered the largest, most technologically advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant in the nation. He also supported the construction of a new Power Plant to replace the Encina Power Station with a smaller and lower building.

Under Owen’s watch, the Chamber launched the Military Mentoring Initiative that assisted military members with transitioning to civilian life.  The program gave active service members in the last stages of their military service and their spouses, the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the workforce through job shadowing and coaching provided by participating North County businesses and organizations. Of the 250 veterans who met the criteria to join the program, 60% got job offers and others went to college on the GI Bill.

Owen also spearheaded the creation and development of the Small Business Success Center, which is dedicated to assisting small business members with maintaining and expanding their business. Services provided include counseling, planning, knowledge and research to get a small business going in the right direction.

He has overseen the publication of the Carlsbad Business Journal, the Chamber’s website and newsletter and other publications, which have won several awards and recognition from different organizations such as the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) and the San Diego Press Club.

A media expert, Owen also created, produced, and hosted the “North County Business in Focus”, a television show that profiled Chamber members.

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce has launched a nationwide search for a replacement for Owen. For further information and/or to apply, please go to

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