Mayor Russ Owen
Russ Owen was elected as the Mayor in the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election and sworn into office on Nov. 13. This is his first experience as an elected official, and he looks forward to the many opportunities he will have to help the citizens of New Smyrna Beach.
Russ and his family has been a part of the New Smyrna Beach community since he was 11 years old. Russ and his wife Katie have three children, Grayson, Elizabeth, and Rose and reside in Hidden Pines.
His professional career has been centered in serving higher education. Currently, he works as a software consultant for Kaufman, Hall & Associates. In this role, he supports colleges and universities as they implement Axiom, Kaufman Hall’s proprietary budgeting and planning software suite. Prior to joining Kaufman Hall, he spent 9 years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in a variety of finance and budget roles. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of Finance and Budget and supported the Chief Financial Officer and senior administration in the management of ERAU’s operating and capital budgets.
Russ has a Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelor’s in Finance both from the University of Central Florida, and an Associate’s degree in Mathematics from Daytona State College.
When not working on a citizen or client need, he enjoys quiet time with family and seeking out some new adventure.