Board of Directors

Kathy Dawson

Kathy Dawson

Kathy Dawson
Dawson & Dawson, Inc.
(949) 421-3966

Kathy Dawson serves as Founder and President of Dawson & Dawson, Inc. overseeing the firm’s Executive Search, Contracting/Staffing and Business Development. Kathy is a Certified Staffing Professional with over 30 years of experience in Orange County California, Western United States Region and the National market place. Prior to establishing Dawson & Dawson, Kathy served as a Regional Vice President for a National Search and Staffing firm. She managed over 120 staff members while developing a forte’ in the Search, Contract and Direct Hire niche of the search and staffing industry. Her early career experience in a Fortune 500 Communications firm taught her the keys to running a successful business.

Kathy has had the pleasure of working with 1000’s of clients helping them get the right person at the right time. Kathy’s plethora of experience in making quality connections consistently demonstrates results. Her hands on approach and proven track record of recruiting for prestigious clients continue to make her a sought after talent broker. What sets her apart is an ability to develop long term mutually satisfying relationships. Her unique business strategy involves active listening then truly giving clients what they want.

Kathy’s passion for helping people made her a natural in teaching the best way to source and service clients. She is a well-known speaker and trainer in the industry, traveling nationally to share her enthusiasm for the Search and Staffing industry.   Kathy has served as President for NAWBO-OC (National Association of Women Business Owners Orange County). Recently, she was selected to become a member of the Orange County chapter of WPO (Women President’s Organization). Kathy is currently serving as President for WBI (Women’s Business Institute) which focuses on providing leadership and education to those in need.

Rachel Owens

Rachel Owens

Rachel Owens
Succession Strategies, Inc.
(714) 560-9022

Two things exemplify Rachel Owens’ career: she’s an expert in family-owned businesses and she’s always starting something. She is the co-founder of Succession Strategies, Inc., a consulting company that creates and implements plans to help family owned businesses transition from one generation to another.

In 1993, Rachel approached the people at Cal State Fullerton about instituting a family business program. The Family Business Council was established the following year. She holds the professional designation of Certified Family Business Specialist from The American College, one of fewer than 200 financial services professionals in the country to earn this title. Rachel is a founding member of the OC Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and has served as President and Membership Chair. She remains an active member of the board. She is also co-founder of the Business Growth Alliance.

In 2010, through Succession Strategies, she added consulting and assistance to women business owners with their WBE (Women Business Enterprise) certification.  She realized that many small businesses did not understand how to document their ownership, management and leadership for the application process.  She has worked with more than 100 women business owners to obtain their WBE certification.

In 2000, the Small Business Administration presented Rachel with their Women In Business Advocate of the Year Award. In 2012, the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce named her a Difference Maker and Small Business Person of the Year.

Rachel enjoys the love and encouragement of her family as she pursues her busy, productive life. For all that she has accomplished, and for all that she has given to enrich the lives of others.