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Francena Purchase-Owens Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Ms. Purchase-Owens has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the marketing industry

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI, July 06, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Francena Purchase-Owens with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Ms. Purchase-Owens celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Drawing upon more than four decades of professional experience, Ms. Purchase-Owens is a widely regarded marketing professional, consultant, educator and scholar. To this end, she is most noted as the president of the Francena Purchase International Honors & Awards Society, Francena Purchase International Applied Liberal Studies Society, Francena Purchase International Applied Professional Studies Society and Francena Purchase Applied Studies Society. A respected voice in the finance industry, she has served as the president and marketing researcher with Francena Purchase Consultant Services since 2006.

Early in her career, Ms. Purchase-Owens received an Associate of Arts, cum laude, from Bryant & Stratton College in 1982, served as a commencement speaker and was honored with Student Spotlight recognition. She went on to complete postgraduate education at Cardinal Stritch College, Mount Mary College, University of Wisconsin and Grand Valley State University. As a graduate student she served on Western Michigan University's Advisory Committee where she was again honored with Student Spotlight recognition. During her continued studies, Ms. Purchase-Owens held various administrative and clerical positions with American Seating, Georgia State University and M&I Bank. She also gained experience as a consultant with the United Development Corporation, salesperson with Weathermaster Industries, and customer service representative with the Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She was also executive secretary of corporate development and healthcare for Manpower, Inc., secretary of the marketing and credit department for Michigan National Bank, and served Grand Rapids Public Schools as a paraprofessional and member of the Paraprofessional Association, which honored her with a Letter of Recognition. Furthermore, she was co-chair of the Investment Council for United Way, co-chair of the Investment Council for Touchstone Innovare, and a Board Member of the Finance, Program, Human Services, Nominating, Ad Hoc, and Cherry Street Health Services Committees. Ms. Purchase-Owens is also involved with Cherry Health as a member of its Consumer Advisory and Finance Committees. She is secretary-elect of the Southeast End Neighborhood Association, President of the Business Office Education Club, and speaker at First Missionary Baptist Church and Rotary International.

Since the turn of the century, Ms. Purchase-Owens has completed postgraduate coursework through Northcentral University, Florida International University, Capella University and the University of Phoenix. She also attended Western Michigan University, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in applied liberal studies in 1997 and master's degree in educational leadership in 2004. Ms. Purchase-Owens has completed certifications through the National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research, Michigan Board of Education and Michigan Department of Education. In recognition of her contributions to the marketing industry, Ms. Purchase-Owens was featured in the Grand Rapids Business Journal and a Special Edition of the Grand Rapids Press. She has also been featured in a wide range of honors publications including Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Finance and Business, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the Midwest and Who's Who in the World. Most recently, Ms. Purchase-Owens was named Member of the Year by the Princeton Global Network in 2010. She also received certificates of recognition and appreciation from the Grand Rapids Business Journal. All in all, she has received over 300 honors and awards.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Francena Purchase-Owens has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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