CEO, Sherrill Manufacturing
Along with co-founder, Matthew Roberts, Greg Owens has lead Sherrill Manufacturing, Inc. (SMI) and Liberty Tabletop through the ups-and-downs of a turbulent economy in the early 2000s, driving what is now a successful and rapidly growing company, as well as a brand that holds the estimable position of being the only flatware made in the United States. As CEO and Co-Founder of SMI, Owens was highly influential in the reinvention of SMI in 2008, when it became evident that the company’s previous relationship with Oneida – SMI utilizing the Oneida Ltd. Manufacturing facilities – lacked the necessary structure and focus to build a successful, made-in-America brand. To help launch SMI into its new chapter and carve a viable niche with great growth potential, Owens focused on creating the Liberty Tabletop flatware brand.
In addition to his daily CEO responsibilities for SMI, today Owens is particularly hands-on in the webbased development of the Liberty Tabletop brand, placing special emphasis on web-based promotions via social media and cost-per-click advertising. Through his direction, strategic planning and implementation oversight, the brand continues to grow at a fast pace, appealing especially to populations looking to support U.S. manufacturing as well as the jobs and quality assurance that come with it.
Owens’ work before teaming up with his long-time friend and Oneida colleague to form SMI and launch the U.S.-made liberty Tabletop, is, perhaps ironically, strongly based in a great deal of personal and professional international experiences. He attended and graduated high school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, during which time he was introduced to a diversity of international communities. His teenage experiences lead him to pursue an international business career, and in 1986 Owens graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with majors in Business Administration and Spanish with concentrations in International Business and Marketing.
After college Owens began to develop his international business and sales skills working in the international air freight and steel distribution industries. As his experience grew, he was promoted and transferred to Toluca, Mexico to manage inside sales and customer service for steel distribution. Closing out Owens’ 13 years living and working in Mexico was his work for Oneida Ltd. At Oneida, Owens primary focus was on finance, manufacturing, and mergers and acquisitions. He also successfully restructured and sold several entities.
In 2005 when Oneida decided to cease all U.S. manufacturing in favor of a low-cost Asian import model, Owens teamed up with Roberts to create Sherrill Manufacturing, which acquired the sprawling Oneida manufacturing facility in Sherrill, New York. Owens consistently demonstrates his dedication to the company’s and the brand’s foundations of driving the American environment in a safe, ethical and environmentally friendly way.
Owens and his wife, Kate, reside in Oneida.Return to the Conference Page