Perri duGard Owens

President & CEO of duGard Communications (dGC)

Perri is an experienced communications, public relations and marketing professional and has developed strategies and programs for clients of varying sizes and multiple industries.  She brings proven leadership in developing media relations initiatives, launching major brands, creating measurable results, along with building awareness to achieve goals through various media channels. Her experience includes internal, external and crisis communications, advertising, social media and digital strategy. As a result, Perri has been able to utilize her skills in meaningful ways within transit/transportation, healthcare, non-profit, music/entertainment, tourism, financial services, faith-based and religious institutions as well as several other industries.  She has served in leadership roles that include developing public relations, social media and community relations strategies for AECOM, HDRInc., Let’s Move Nashville/Metro’s Transportation Solution,  the Clarksville Transit Authority, East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (Morristown, TN) and Johnson City Transit.

Perri earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Central University. She currently serves on the board of directors for Choral Arts Link, Inc., Family and Children’s Service, Metro Nashville Municipal Auditorium (appointed by Mayor Megan Barry) and Nashville Children’s Theater.  She formerly served on the board of directors for Nashville Education, Community & Arts Television (NECAT), Nashville Business Incubation Center, Matthew Walker Health Clinic, Youth Encouragement Services and Safe Haven, among others. Perri has received several honors and was a recipient of The Tennessean’s Top 40 Under 40 award, is an inaugural member of Nashville Emerging Leaders and was named INROADS/Nashville Alumnus of the Year.