Co-chair of billion dollar company to speak at TCU

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The Neeley School of Business invited Dina Dwyer-Owens to speak on her journey to business success this Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 7-9 a.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom.

Dwyer-Owens is the co-chair of the Dwyer Group, a holding company based out of Waco, Texas. It owns many franchises including Mr. Handyman, Five Star Painting and others.

According to Monica Feid, Dwyer-Owens’ publicist, “The Dwyer Group has over 2,100 locations around the world and they do more than $1.3 billion in business a year.”

Dwyer-Owens will be a part of the Tandy Executive Speakers Series, which provides students with the opportunity to ask prominent business leaders questions about their experiences in the field.

The Neeley School of Business emphasizes the values within business. Their vision statement is to be a “world-class, values-centered school of business driven by leadership and innovation.”

Similarly, Dwyer-Owens accredits her and her company’s success to The Dwyer Group Code of Values, embodied in the acronym, “R.I.C.H.,” which stands for respect, integrity, customer focus and having fun in the process.

Dwyer-Owens is an advocate for women in business. She began a program called “Women in the Trades” that awards women scholarships so they can advance in the service trades.

According to an interview Dwyer-Owens gave with CNBC on August 14, the program was established in 2012 and, since then, 14 women have received scholarships. Each winner was awarded $1,500 for trades training.

Dwyer-Owens is also known for her appearance on “Undercover Boss,” a CBS reality TV show where the heads of companies disguise themselves as workers and experience what a day in the life of their employees is really like.

She has written two books. Her first book is titled “Live R.I.C.H.” Her most recent book is titled, “Values, Inc: How Incorporating Values into Business and Life can Change the World.”