Owens Retire, Leave Rich Dhahran Legacy

For most Saudi Aramco expats, retirement means “going home,” but for Tom Owen, things will be a bit different. A second generation Aramcon, Tom Owen was born in Dhahran 63 summers ago and boasts he has spent every summer of his life in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, most of that in Dhahran. Tom’s father, William Owen, was general counsel for the company, and his mother, Peggy, was an active member of the community. While attending college, he worked five summers for Saudi Aramco, followed by four years working for Tradco Vulcan as a contractor to the company. Tom's professional career with Saudi Aramco began in 1980, working in Drilling Purchasing. This was followed by many years as a chemicals buyer, then operations specialist responsible for complex purchases and claims, as well as pioneering chemical alliances for refineries and gas plants. He completed his Purchasing tenure as a category manager. Tom wraps up his last two years of his career with Saudi Aramco in Unconventional Resources, helping to develop a new Unconventional Resource Supply Chain and associated contracts. Tom’s community activities included serving as president of both the Dhahran Arabian Horses Association (DAHA) and Dhahran Youth Baseball, shed manager for Half Moon Yacht Association (HMYA), and a member of the Dive Association, Tennis Club, Men's Softball (Bat Attitudes), Simulated Sports Society Football (SSS), as well as a leader/coach for the Boy Scouts, Little League Baseball, and Saudi Aramco Youth Soccer Organization travel team. Kathleen Owen came to the Kingdom in 1984. Kathy’s career with the company spans 25 years, including Exploration, Community Services, Office Services, Informat ion Technology, Finance, Operations Services, and most recently, Technical Services, where she spearheaded programs targeting first-line supervisors and mentoring relationships, as well as other HR-related programs. Kathy has also been a key facilitator in addition to her involvement in initiating a number of companywide organizational change initiatives. Her community activities have included Saudi Aramco Employees Association (as the first woman President), co–president of the Beta Sigma Phi Alpha chapter, HMYA Safety and Rules officer, and DAHA as well as involvement in the Scouts. She has also been recognized for her key contributions to special corporate events, such as the Company's 75th anniversary. Recently, Kathy was awarded the CEO's Excellence Award for her role as program chair and organizing committee member for the past three KSA Saudi Aramco Annuitant Reunions. Avid campers, the Owens have led many camping expeditions across the Kingdom. Their love of SCUBA diving has taken them on trips to the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, with everyone in the family certified divers. The Owen menagerie has included many salukis, as well as three horses that have won ribbons in all classes of competition. Their association with HMYA spanned more than 35 years, and they were key to starting and maintaining several popular HMYA events. The Owens have three children. William currently works for ASC in Houston; Kristina attends university in Texas; and Christopher is carrying on the family tradition at Culver Military Academy. Both of the Owen boys played on Arabian American Little League travel teams, playing in Little League Championship games in Europe and Asia, and the championship games in the U.S. Kristina participated in baseball and softball, and her love of horseback riding resulted in a great many DAHA equestrian awards. The family has been very fortunate to have the company of Tom’s siblings for most of their years here with Saudi Aramco, as Tom’s sister and two brothers have spent much of their careers in Dhahran as well. The Owen family’s love for travel has taken them to every corner and every region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, throughout the GCC, and beyond, and they will miss the beauty and diversity of Arabia. As they leave their home of so many years, striking off on new adventures, it is the many deep and lasting friendships they have made with the people of Saudi Arabia that will forever be their most cherished memories and treasures. Tom, Kathy, and their children feel a great kinship to the people of Saudi Arabia, and offer their thanks and gratitude to the people here for their abundant generosity, their matchless hospitality, their smiles, and good cheer. They will return to their family home and can be reached at 3023 Fairway Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77478, U.S. Email contacts are towen53@yahoo.com or kathleenmowen@gmail.com.