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 7 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 The Sand Dollar Fund, Moore County NAACP and is President Emeritus of The Sandhills Jewish Congregation.

Lowell has been married to his wife Amy for thirty-five years. They have three adult children (and dog Lily).

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.