Gaffney Native Turning Heads - and Oil Filters
November 18, 2019 by Scott Powell
Ledger Staff Writer
For the second straight year, Gaffney resident Steven Owens finished in the top five at a national entrepreneur competition for a head-turning invention to change the way oil changes are done. Owens pitched his Last Drop Wrench...
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS WOODRUFF
August 28, 2019 by Catherine Wessling
Meet Chris Woodruff, the Chief Experience Officer with Last Drop Wrench . Chris graduated from CU Boulder in 2001 with a degree in English and later received a Masters in Real Estate Development at Auburn University and an MBA from Clemson. While pursuing his MBA, Chris met Steven Owens, now...
Voting Now Open for SEMA Launch Pad Competition
SEMA Launch Pad voting is now open. The premier automotive young entrepreneur competition has been narrowed down to 15 semi-finalists .... Your votes will help competitors to advance to the top 10 and give them an opportunity to earn a spot in the top five and compete at the 2019 SEMA Show,,,,
TOP 15 LAUNCHPAD SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED
May 17, 2019 by Kristopher Porter
The top 15 semifinalists for the 2019 SEMA Launch Pad competition, to be held during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 5–8, have been selected. Find out who made the cut and their unique products....
Bye, Bye Burns: Entrepreneur Seeks to
Revolutionize Oil Changes
At the heart of nearly every new product and innovation is the idea, “I can do it better.” For Steven Owens, his “Eureka” moment that led to the development of a unique oil-change tool came during a summer job in his hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina,...
2018 Launch Pad a Success!
For the past few years, the Young Executives Network (YEN) has
partnered with SEMA Education to co-host Launch Pad, the
premier pitch-style competition for the automotive aftermarket.
The event aims to inspire young and future entrepreneurs to
pursue their visions and to highlight the strong entrepreneurial
spirit running through the core of the industry...
Steven Owens of Gaffney wants to change the way oil changes are done and win $10,000 in the process when he pitches his latest invention in a national entrepreneur competition Monday. Owens will have just two minutes to pitch his Last Drop Wrench before a panel of five automotive industry leaders in a competition in Las Vegas. He is one
Steven Owens isn't afraid of getting his hands dirty, but he'd rather not.
An August graduate of Clemson University’s MBAe program, Owens isn’t unlike the millions of do-it-yourselfers, and professionals, who drain and change motor oil in vehicles. What separates the Gaffney, S.C., entrepreneur from the masses is the specialty tool he has designed that eliminates the mess, saves time and simplifies the oil-change process for DIYers and professionals alike...
Cherokee County resident Steven Owens is one of 15 semifinalists in the SEMA Launch Pad young entrepreneur automotive competition.
Owens and other contestants are looking to launch a new automotive aftermarket product or service and gain traction in the marketplace. Via a social media voting contest that began July 30, the public will have a chance to select the Top 10 finalists who will compete live during the 2018 Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas....