BPU's Townsend and Johnson receive 2010 Black Achievers Award


Released on: February 03, 2010, 7:14 am
Industry: Energy

(KANSAS CITY, Ks.) - Patrice Townsend, Key Account Utility Specialist for the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities and Cynthia Johnson, Superintendent of Stores, were recently named recipients of the 2010 Black Achievers in Business and Industry Award, sponsored by the Southern Leadership Christian Conference of Greater Kansas City and the Black Achievers Society. Townsend and Johnson were honored at a Recognition Dinner on January 14, 2010.

The Black Achievers Award is awarded to African Americans in middle to upper management business positions in Kansas City who display corporate accomplishment, better their community through civic and philanthropic activity, and mentor others around them to exceed and achieve.

"Patrice and Cynthia are terrific well-respected utility employees, professional in their work capacity and active within the community," stated Don Gray, General Manager of the BPU. "Both have achieved greater responsibility within the organization, continued their education and professional development, and remained active in civic and other causes."

Townsend, a 25-year employee with the BPU, worked her way up from a Customer Service Representative to the key position she holds today, where she acts as the primary liaison to key utility customers. In the community, she has served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Wyandotte County, is president of the BPU's Employee Foundation, Inc., coordinates the Annual Day of Caring within the community, assists with Back-to-School Project fundraising efforts, and organizes BPU's support for the KCK Housing Authority's "Christmas in the City" annual event. Townsend graduated from Sumner High School , attended Kansas City , Kansas Community College where she earned an Associates Degree in Business, received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rockhurst College , and is currently working towards a Master of Arts Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.

Johnson, a 24-year employee with the BPU, has also achieved positions of greater responsibility, working her way up from Stock Control Clerk to her position today in which she is responsible for all inventory management and control of the utility's five logistic warehouses. In the community, she is a 2009 graduate of Leadership 2000, a nine-month leadership initiative that trains area leaders in community service. Johnson also assists two faith-based community projects that assist in clothing the homeless and elderly, and assisting battered women. In her church, she serves as a key administrator for its community outreach programs that administers through theatrical productions and serves as Superintendent of Christian Education. Johnson graduated from Washington High School , and has participated in numerous training and professional development courses offered by BPU.

"BPU is honored that the Black Achievers Society has recognized Patrice and Cynthia's leadership qualities and the role these two employees play in our community," stated Gray. "It's well deserved that others recognize the difference these two individuals make, both within BPU and within their community."

About BPU
BPU is a public utility that serves approximately 65,000 electric and 51,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County , Kansas . The mission of the utility and its 640 employees is "to be the utility of choice and the workplace of choice, while improving the quality of life in the communities we serve." Go to www.bpu.com for more information.

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David Mehlhaff
Public Information Officer
540 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City , KS 66101
Phone: (913) 573-9173
E-mail: dmehlhaff@bpu.com
Web site: www.bpu.com


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