NORTHBROOK, Ill. – June 18, 2010: Underwriters Laboratories (UL) today announced that Richard P. Owen has been elected to UL’s board of trustees.

Mr. Owen is currently the Electrical Planning Section Committee Chairman for Minnesota’s Building Official’s Institute and recently retired as Senior Electrical Inspector and Senior Trades Coordinator for the City of St. Paul, Minn.  Over his more than 30-year career, Mr. Owen oversaw field inspections on commercial, industrial and residential projects throughout St. Paul’s downtown area.

As a respected member of the electrical inspection community, Mr Owen is also a long-standing member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI). He has served on the IAEI international board of directors throughout his career and most recently was the international president of the IAEI and junior IAEI international past president and chairman of the board of directors.

"Richard has long been recognized as a thought leader within the regulatory community, and it is a privilege to welcome him to UL," said Keith Williams, UL president and CEO. "His wealth of experience and long-standing dedication to electrical safety make him an excellent addition to UL’s board of trustees."

Mr. Owen has also served as a member with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a member of the UL Electrical Safety Council and holds several committee positions on various NEC Code Panels.