Ted Owen, president and CEO of Carlsbad’s Chamber of Commerce, recently announced his retirement, effective January 2019. He has led the chamber since 2004.

The organization, which has a budget of $1.5 million, represents more than 1,300 businesses that collectively employ about 53,000 people. A nationwide search has begun for his replacement.

During his time as head of the chamber, Owen wrote and advocated for the Carlsbad Noise and Entertainment Ordinance; championed the construction and operation of the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant; and supported the construction of a new power plant to replace the Encina Power Station with a smaller and lower building, the chamber said.

He also led the launch of an initiative to help military members transition to civilian life, spearheaded the creation and development of the Small Business Success Center, oversaw the publication of the Carlsbad Business Journal, the Chamber’s website and newsletter and other publications. He also created, produced and hosted a television show that profiled chamber members.

Prior to his tenure at the Carlsbad chamber, Owen was publisher of the San Diego Business Journal for 14 years, publisher of ACS Publishing Co., and served 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Reach reporter Sarah de Crescenzo at sarahd@sdbj.com.