Marquis Emerging Leaders

Francena Purchase-Owens

francena purchase-ownesTitle: President, Marketing Researcher

Company: Francena Purchase Consultant Services

Location: Kentwood, MI

Education: Coursework, Northcentral University (2012-Present); Coursework, Florida International University, Miami, FL (2009-Present); Coursework, Capella University, Grand Rapids, MI (2006-Present); Coursework, University of Phoenix, Grand Rapids, MI (2006-Present); Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, Cum Laude (2004); BS in Applied Liberal Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (1997); Coursework, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI (1996); Coursework, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI (1987-1988); Coursework, Mount Mary College (Now Mount Mary University), Milwaukee, WI (1984); Coursework, Cardinal Stritch College (Now Cardinal Stritch University), Milwaukee, WI (1982-1983); Coursework, Milwaukee Area Technical College (1982); AA, Bryant Stratton College, Cum Laude (1982); Degree, Patricia Stevens College, Atlanta, GA (1980); Coursework, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA (1980); Coursework, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI (1978-1979)

Career History: President, Francena Purchase International Applied Honors Society, Kentwood, MI (2012-Present); Research Specialist, Directions in Research, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI (2008-Present); President, Marketing Researcher, Francena Purchase Consultant Services, Grand Rapids, MI (2006-Present); President, Francena Purchase International Applied Professional Studies Society (2000-Present); President, Purchase Business Institute, Grand Rapids, MI (1999-Present); President, Francena Purchase International Applied Liberal Studies Society (1999-Present); President, Francena Purchase International Honors & Awards Society, Grand Rapids, MI (1999-Present); President, Creative Works, Grand Rapids, MI (1988-Present); Research Specialist, Directions in Research, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI (2004-2005); Marketing Researcher, Wirthlin Worldwide, LLC, Grand Rapids, MI (1996-1998); Customer Service Representative, Children’s Department, Meijers, Inc. (1995); Customer Service Representative, Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau (1995); Assistant, Health Program, Grand Rapids Community College (1993); Paraprofessional, Grand Rapids Public Schools, MI (1990-1992); Temporary Helper, Dayton Hudson, Grand Rapids, MI (1990); Sales, Weathermasters Industries, Inc., Milwaukee, WI (1989); Consultant, United Development Corp., Milwaukee, WI (1986-1988); Investment Management Secretary, M&I Bank, Milwaukee, WI (1984-1985); ); Various Office/Clerical Positions (1972-1984); Secretary, International Marketing Department, American Seating, Grand Rapids, MI (1980-1981); Administrative Assistant to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Georgia State University (1980)

Type of Business: Consulting

Francena Purchase-Owens, President and Marketing Researcher at Francena Purchase Consultant Services, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of consulting.

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 and 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, Ms. Purchase-Owens has served as the president and marketing researcher with Francena Purchase Consultant Services since 2006.

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. Currently, 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.

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