Allen obtained an M.B.A. and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Heidelberg University. Before coming to Heidelberg, Allen was CEO of Focus Federal Credit Union in Toledo for thirteen years. Allen previously held management positions with Toledo Metro Federal Credit Union and ITT Financial Services. He also served as a director of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Credit Union League for several years.
Allen was an adjunct instructor at the University of Toledo and Heidelberg University. He is currently treasurer of the Nexus Academy school board and serves on the Monclova Township zoning board.