Athena Goes To Byington Potter

August 18, 2008
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GRAND RAPIDS — Marge Byington Potter, director of the Detroit River Tunnel Partnership, has been named the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 ATHENA Award recipient. The ATHENA Award honors an individual who has demonstrated leadership in her/his field, mentored and opened doors of opportunities for women, and contributed time and talent to the community.

According to a chamber news release, 14 women were nominated for the award, the 19th year it has been presented to a member of the greater Grand Rapids community.

Byington Potter will be honored at a luncheon on Sept. 25 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. The Chamber’s ATHENA Award Celebration begins at 11:30 a.m., and will also feature the inaugural presentation of the ATHENA Young Professional Award. Grand Rapids will be among the first communities to present this new award, which will recognize an emerging leader for their contributions to community, professional excellence and commitment to serve as a personal and professional role model to young women.

“We are thrilled to present the ATHENA Award to Marge this year,” said Jeanne Englehart, chamber president and CEO. “She is an unsung leader not just in our community, but the state as a whole. Getting to know Marge and learning about her impact on our community will be inspiring for all who attend the ATHENA Award celebration, especially the women nominated for the Young Professional Award.”

The 15 women nominated for the ATHENA Young Professional Award will find out who will receive the distinction along with audience members attending the luncheon event.

Nominees for both awards will be honored at a private reception prior to the Celebration event, as well as recognized at the luncheon.

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