Robert D. Owens, President/CEO

Robert D. Owens


Robert D. Owens is the President and CEO of Owens Realty Services, a full service, single source Real Estate Brokerage, Property Management, Facility Maintenance, and Real Estate Investment company. You could say that real estate is in his DNA. Owens’ relentless work ethic and commitment to excellence originates from his family’s rich real estate legacy. Owens’ grandfather founded a land development and real estate brokerage company in 1917 in Connecticut. At the young of age of 14, Owens began helping his grandfather, father, and uncle maintain properties throughout the Northeast.

 After earning a Bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Vermont, Owens returned to Connecticut and helped manage his family’s business until co-founding the company which is an integrated commercial real estate services company in 1990. Launched during one of the most significant economic downturns of the century, Owens remained optimistic, creating opportunity by organizing the “Connecticut Foreclosed Real Estate Sell-Off” which offered over 1,000 bank owned properties to potential buyers valued in the millions of dollars. The event made headlines in Barron’s and the New York Times.

 Decades of working in real estate taught Owens that facility maintenance is one of the most important factors to a building because its cleanliness and appearance is the first impression a person notices when visiting. Understanding that preventative maintenance ultimately protects the value of real estate assets, Owens developed the company's cleaning and environmental division in 1999.

 Nationally respected as a “hands on CEO,” Owens expanded into the New York and Florida markets in 2005, and North Carolina in 2014. His leadership has resulted in solid client retention, promising growth along the eastern seaboard, and national recognition through the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and six "Building of the Year" Awards.

Today, the company serves markets in Connecticut, Florida and New York with over $10 billion in real estate asset net worth. With over 1,000 employees, the company continues to experience extraordinary growth that Owens attributes to “the staff’s overwhelming commitment and dedication to delivering the absolute best and most innovative services in the industry.” Owens resides in Winter Park, Florida with his wife and three daughters.


Professional Associations

  • Winter Park Memorial Hospital Family Foundation - Secretary, Board of Directors
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • Downtown Orlando Partnership
  • New Image Youth Center - Board Member
  • Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA)
  • International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
  • Cleaning Management Institute (CMI)
  • Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
  • Community Association Manager
  • Board Member of the University of New Haven - Sports Facility Management Master’s Degree Program
  • University of New Haven Business School Advisory Board Member & Guest Lecturer
  • CT Yankee Greyhound Racing, Inc. - 1983-2005 - Member of Board of Directors
  • CT Yankee Motor Inn, Inc. 1983 - 1989 -Member of Board of Directors 

Community Enrichment

  • The Owens Scholarship for Scholastic Achievement -
    Since 2002; given in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement and performance of community service.  
  • Owens Realty Services Orlando Mentoring Executive Forum  -established 2010 - Robert D. Owens - Founder 
  • Winning Ways - Rising Stars Annual Basketball Clinic Orlando, Florida -est. 2010  - Major Founding Sponsor 
  • Fifth Third Bank – After School All-Stars - Summer of Dreams - Major Funding Sponsor