Meet the Partners


JEFF OWEN

An alumni of Harvard Business school, graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Finance, Jeff serves as the president and CEO of Kaemark Commercial. In 2000 after purchasing Kaemark Salon Furnishings, Jeff and his partners have launched 11 additional brands across multiple distinct industries. Jeff serves on the board of Austin’s Young Presidents’ Organization, is involved in local Austin start-ups, and enjoys Krav Maga, skiing with his wife, and coaching his two girls’ soccer teams.

BEN PETERSON

With a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Business Foundations from the University of Texas at Austin, Ben worked at several technology companies after graduating. But eventually his entrepreneurial desire led him to join the Kaemark Commercial team. Now he spends most of his energy focused on Kaemark’s brand manufacturing and supply chain management, running multiple factory relationships in both the US and China. Ben is married to his high school sweetheart and has two wonderful sons. He enjoys spending time with his sons and tries to spend as much time as possible either skiing on the slopes or boating on the lake.

HOWARD OWEN

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Howard majored in Architecture before going on to earn an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife Karen have 5 kids, they enjoy walking around Town Lake in Austin and spending time with family in Colorado snow skiing and four-wheeling. Howard grew up in the small town of Bedford, Indiana. After finishing his Master’s degree, Howard and Karen founded a publishing business based on his graduate thesis. After a few successful years, they sold the company to a subsidiary of Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts. Then, in October of 2000, the Owens purchased Kaemark from its founders, Gilbert and Dorothy Krause. Howard continued operating Kaemark with the same commitment to service and excellence the Krauses had always shown. In 2007, Howard passed his CEO responsibilities to Jeff Owen, who had been the VP of Sales & Marketing for 7 years. Owen assumed the title of CBO and Ben Peterson became COO. Together, they continued developing Kaemark and starting various other subsidiaries, forming Kaemark Commercial as the parent corporation.
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