Tim Owens is president of Cronin Communications, a telecom consulting firm, specializing in business planning, marketing, organizational development and regulatory compliance. He works primarily with independent telecom providers, serving small towns and rural areas throughout the United States. Tim helps these businesses diversify and bring new technologies, such as wireless and broadband, to market.
Tim travels extensively, working on-site with clients and speaking at telecom conventions across the country. He is in great demand as a lecturer, industry expert and analyst, having authored dozens of articles and research studies for various industry publications.
Prior to joining Cronin, Tim was the executive director of the Foundation for Rural Service, a national nonprofit organization and subsidiary of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association. The Foundation is charged with educating policy makers, regulators and rural Americans about the value of telecommunications in economic and community development. Its parent, NTCA, is a trade association representing more than 500 telecom providers.
Before NTCA, Tim worked for Arlington County Government, where he raised funds for local charities and helped establish the Arlington Community Foundation. He was also a two-time winner of the prestigious Innovations in Local Government Awards, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and Harvard University.
Tim moved to Washington in 1986, immediately following college. His first job in DC was as Corporate Fund Manager of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing, where he coordinated the volunteer fundraising activities of the corporate fund board – all “Fortune 500” CEOs – and the annual contributions of more than 300 major companies throughout the United States.
An avid supporter of the arts, Tim grew up in a musical family and studied violin, voice and piano throughout his childhood. During his 20s, Tim worked part-time as a freelance musician and had the privilege of performing in some of Washington’s greatest venues, including the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, the National Cathedral and several embassies. The highlight of his musical career was playing in a small chamber group in Carnegie Hall in 1990. Although his telecom career limits his time for music, Tim still performs as a second violinist in the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.
Tim resides in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, and holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Texas.