Owens & Associates, now Owens Harkey & Associates has been a fixture on the business landscape for over five decades making it perhaps the oldest marketing, advertising and public relations firm in the southwest. The agency began unexpectedly in January 1960 when Bill found himself without a job when the agency he worked at unexpectedly shut its doors. Not one to hesitate Bill quickly approached the remaining accounts and opened his doors under a week later. Under his leadership the agency quickly grew into a powerhouse with agencies in Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque and Las Vegas.
When Bill Owens was working laying track in the bottom of the pit of the copper mine in Ajo, AZ he knew things would get better but he couldn’t have predicted that he would start an advertising legacy that would last half a century and be, poised to last much, much longer. With his son, Matthew Owens, now at the helm and a young protégé, Scott Harkey, as a partner in the firm Owens Harkey & Associates is poised for a major resurgence. Even in the dismal economy the company is seeing exceptional growth and so are their clients.
“With 50 years of marketing service we have learned from our experience. We have processes and disciplines that allow us to produce marketing, advertising and public relations programs that produce results for our clients,” said Matthew Owens, “We also have a secret weapon in Bill Owens, I call my father the Zen Master as he always knows the true path to success and his wisdom has proven time and again to be a real difference maker for us.”