BOD Spotlight: Dianne Owen
Dianne Owen, ’93 | Chair, UCF Alumni Board of Directors
By Angie Lewis, ’03
In addition to her role as executive vice president of marketing for FAIRWINDS Credit Union, Dianne Owen, ’93, also serves as the chair of the UCF Alumni Association Board of Directors. She’s stayed involved with her alma mater in many other ways too, including having taught as an adjunct professor for the College of Business, served on the Annual Fund committee, judged The Joust competition, mentored students and volunteered on industry panels for the alumni association.
10 Questions with Dianne
Q. Why do you do what you do?
A. My job is challenging and, at the same time, rewarding. I truly believe in credit unions — specifically, the mission of FAIRWINDS Credit Union.
Q. Favorite thing about your job?
A. Building awareness about what FAIRWINDS has to offer and then hearing “thank you” from members who we have helped to save money.
Q. Most memorable experience on the job?
A. It was the moment I found out that we were awarded the UCF Student Banking Services provider. I was so excited to get started helping students at UCF to get on the right financial path early.
Q. Favorite UCF memory?
A. When my art professor was grading my final exam, he told me I should stop taking art classes and stick to business. It makes me laugh to this day.
Q. Why do you serve on the alumni board?
A. UCF alumni are a powerhouse group of individuals. I want to leverage that group to build stronger students, a stronger university and a well-connected community. The board is a great conduit to try and make that happen. And, I just love my school and want to give back in as many ways as I can.
Q. What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to your fellow Knights to help advance our university and our alumni association?
A. ENGAGE with your university. It can be done in a multitude of ways and can be mutually beneficial.
Q. What/who makes you laugh out loud?
A. My dog. He puts the biggest smile on my face always.
Q. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A. A chef or a winemaker. Both would be really cool.
Q. What do you do for fun?
A. I love to cook. I also like to play tennis and hang out at the beach. And, lately, I’ve developed a freakish obsession to Candy Crush.
Q. Last thing you Googled?
A. What do you call someone who makes wine?