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Q & A: Andrea Owens

Grand Rapids Business Journal

Andrea Owens is the owner of HourGlass Testing Solutions and a medical billing instructor and success navigator at the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology.

HourGlass Testing Solutions specializes in same-day, on-site drug and alcohol testing for HR, logistics and safety managers in the manufacturing and transportation industries.

Owens’ 30 years of experience in the drug and alcohol testing industry has allowed her to train drug-screen collectors, breath-alcohol technicians and employers on policies, compliance and regulatory issues that affect productivity, job performance and safety.

Her work is fueled by her passion for safer workplaces, roadways and communities.

Biggest career break?

The opportunity to become an educator in 2012, and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. Working with students to obtain careers in the health field — what a privilege it is to serve others.

Proudest moment?

When I received my master’s degree in management in 2010. My mother encouraged me to continue even through her illness. It took 12 years to complete because of other obligations, and my mom was there to witness it prior to her passing on.

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