The announcement was made at the ninth annual Lakeshore Athena Award luncheon celebration at Trillium Events in Ferrysburg.
The award program is a collaboration of the chambers of commerce for the Grand Haven, Muskegon and Holland (West Coast) areas. The recipient is chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the participating chambers and community business leaders.
The award was created to recognize a woman who exhibits exceptional leadership skills, who has achieved excellence in their own business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way, has assisted other women in reaching their full leadership potential, and who has made regional contributions.
Brown is chairman of the board of Metal Flow Corp., a 35-year-old family-owned business that provides component parts to various industries internationally. Programs have been instituted at Metal Flow to develop women with executive opportunities and in creating programs that encourage women to recognize technical career opportunities at every level of manufacturing.
Brown is also chairwoman of Holland Hospital, has been the chairwoman of the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce and has served on various boards. She received her education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Michigan State University.
Holly Johnson, chairwoman for the Lakeshore Athena Award program, said 12 nominee finalists were recognized at the luncheon, which was attended by more than 300 community and business leaders.
“We are honored to have so many women from our region that make significant contributions in the communities where they live and work," she said.