Meet Lowell Simon


NC District 52 House of Representatives Candidate


Lowell Simon was raised in the New York City area. He graduated from the State University of New York; College at Brockport in 1978 with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in History. Lowell spent thirty years in the convenience store and restaurant industry as both an executive and owner. He has had responsibility for as many as 100 stores in five states and over 1,000 employees.

In 1986, Lowell moved to North Carolina where he helped build three successful businesses. He operated as many as thirty convenience stores and six Hardees restaurants. Lowell’s companies employed more than 250 people in eight counties.

Lowell and his family moved to Seven Lakes in 1995. In 2002, he purchased an interest in a Moore County-based company, which he eventually sold. In 2006, at age 50, Lowell began his first retirement. In less than a year, he embarked on his second career as a math teacher at Union Pines High School.

Lowell taught high school math for 6 years until 2013, when he founded the UPstart Entrepreneurship Center. He spent the last 4 years teaching entrepreneurship, business, and marketing classes. He retired from Moore County Schools in 2017.

Lowell has served on numerous Boards including charitable organizations, industry associations, and small business corporations. He has been on the advisory Boards of two Fortune 500 companies. Lowell was elected as Chairman of the Boards of the North Carolina Association of Convenience Stores and of FirstCarolinaCare Insurance Company. He was a political appointee of three different Speakers of the NC House (from both parties). He currently serves on the Boards of Moore Regional Hospital, Moore Forward, and The Sand Dollar Fund and is President Emeritus of The Sandhills Jewish Congregation.

Lowell has been married to his wife Amy for more than thirty years. They have three adult children (and two dogs).

Lowell’s dad was an immigrant, a German Jew escaping Nazi persecution in June of 1938 (Kristallnacht was in November of 1938).

He was 10 years old and spoke no English. He went on to be accepted to one of the most prestigious high schools in New York City (Stuyvesant HS). He graduated because of his instinctual brilliance but never went to college. He served in the military during the Korean War, came back and married his childhood sweetheart. He worked hard and eventually owned his own business, from which he made a decent living. He owned a home in suburbia, helped raise two successful kids and lived to know his five grandchildren.

He was a great example of what immigrants have done in and for this country. His business was coin-operated laundromats. On the mornings after collecting, he would sit at the kitchen table and count out his revenue, a quarter or dime at a time. Sometimes we “kids” got to help count. You could tell how grateful he was for each coin. Our country was built by men and women like him whose dedication and hard work built better lives for their families, one coin at a time.