Posted: Apr 4, 2012 2:33 PM by Greg Boyce
Renee Zentz was presented with the 2012 ATHENA Award today at a ceremony at the Broadmoor.
The award was presented to Renee by Emily Fowler, daughter of the 2010 ATHENA Award winner, Cindy Fowler, who lost her battle with breast cancer in February of this year.
Emily quoted from Renee's award nomination letters written by community leaders, saying "Renee pursues advancement and betterment of the Colorado Springs community with a heart to put community and others above self. During times of both prosperity and difficulty, Renee has maintained a financially strong organization as the CEO of the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association. As the former General Manager of the Norris Penrose Event Center, Renee was instrumental in preserving the regional history of our western culture.
"Renee has established herself through her assertive leadership skills in male dominated environments, but also is a behind-the-scenes coalition builder, bringing together individuals and groups of differing backgrounds and views toward a reasoned and fair resolution to advance a positive community purpose. She's established important one-on-one relationships with countless other community, regional and national leaders.
The ATHENA Award Program recognizes individuals for professional excellence, for providing valuable service to their community and for assisting women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills.
KOAA 5 News Anchors Lisa Lyden and Jennifer Horbelt were emcees for the event, which was sponsored by The Gazette, US BANK, Red Noland Autogroup, KOAA 5, University of the Rockies, Pinnacol Assurance, Kaiser Permanente, USAA, Oracle America, Inc., Webster University and the US Chamber of Commerce Center for Women in Business.