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Mark Owens / 2010 Top 40 Under 40

Age 32 Place of Birth Derry City, Ireland Where you live Cleveland, Ohio First Job Working in a DIY store in Derry What it taught me That wallpaper and paint were definitely not in my future. Status Married Family Wife Maria, children Lillian (2 years) and Eamon (10 months). Three things people would be surprised to know about me 1. Despite my GAA involvement I am an avid Derry City Football Club fan supporter first. 2. Have never tried Iced Tea - cold tea and with no milk just does not make sense. 3. I once found Paddy Maloney of the Chieftains wondering the streets of Cleveland looking for his hotel so I pulled over, told him to jump in and took him back. Best advice you could give someone starting out Life is what you make of it. Being willing to take the chance and risk involved with certain decisions will ultimatley pay off in the long run. You live and learn as they say.

Mark Owens was born in Derry City in 1977, and is the oldest son of Bryan and Paula. In 2001 he made the decision to give America a shot when hired by Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Mark was hired by State Farm Insurance in 2007, where he currently serves in a marketing and corporate training role as a successful and ambitious Senior Agency Specialist. He recently served as a trustee with the West Side Irish-American Club and is the current Chairman of both Cleveland St Pat's Gaelic Football Club and the Midwest GAA Division. Owens volunteers his writing skills for the Ohio Irish American News penning the monthly sports section 'Owens Sports', Owens recently helped create an Irish youth group in Cleveland (T

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