Queen enjoys making a difference in the community
by Marie Nesmith
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Janet Queen has helped lead several community organizations in Bartow.
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Janet Queen has helped lead several community organizations in Bartow. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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For Janet Queen, volunteering in the community is an honor. From being the past chairman of the United Way of Bartow County to the chairman of the board of directors for the Bartow County College and Career Academy, the Cartersville resident is actively involved in the community.

“If you are not involved, you cannot make a difference,” she said. “I would like to leave Bartow County a better place when I am gone.

“Bartow County has been blessed with visionaries who through great wisdom and experience have made Bartow County a ‘Community of Choice.’ I want my children and grandchildren to be afforded the excellent quality of life I have been given in Bartow County.”

Name: Janet Queen

Age: 60

Occupation: Georgia Power Co. — Plant Bowen: Special Projects Relocation coordinator

City of residence: Cartersville, lifelong resident of Bartow County

Family: Married, husband Johnnie; twin sons — Ron, wife Amy and Rob, wife Amy (both daughter in-laws are Amys); grandchildren, Austin, 18, senior at Cass High School and Hallie, 12, seventh grader at Cass Middle School; parents, James “Red” and Helen Lanier

How long have you been working at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen and what are your responsibilities?

A: Eleven years and I have had various assignments during my tenure at Plant Bowen. My current assignment is my third Environmental Project I have been involved with at Plant Bowen.

When I started at Plant Bowen construction was under way on the SCRs, our next project was the scrubbers and currently we are under way with our most recent Environmental Controls Project. I am responsible for relocation of personnel and property that fall in the footprint of this most recent Environmental Controls Project.

This is not quite as simple as it seems. We are all creatures of habit and when you take us out of our comfort zone where we have reported to work for 38 years it can be disruptive. Everyone understands and appreciates that these relocations are part of what make Georgia Power one of the top rated utilities in the country. This is progress and Georgia Power prides itself [in] being innovative and a leader in our industry. Plant Bowen strives to be a leader in all environmental mandates and a good steward to this community.

What led you to this line of work?

A: I am a visual person and I like results. I have always had a love for the construction field because it is such a gratifying feeling at the end of the day to look back and see what you have accomplished. I spent a large part of my working career in the construction industry with experience in all phases from selling lumber to operating a lighting and electrical wholesale/retail business here in Bartow County. It is like working on a puzzle and fitting all the pieces together and getting that “wow” factor when you step back.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

A: That I am able to have a career in Bartow County with a company that develops their employees to succeed. I have the privilege to work for Georgia Power Plant Bowen where I am encouraged by my Plant Manager Tim Banks to work in the community and to be a leader. We are given the resources, training and tools to do our jobs supported by our Leadership Team from the Southern Company Corporate Office to our Plant Team Leaders. We embrace change and take challenges and turn them into opportunities. I am blessed.

Please list your current and past civic efforts.

A: At one time or another I feel I have been involved directly or indirectly with all nonprofit agencies in Bartow County.

Most recently I am serving as: past chairman of United Way of Bartow County, co-chair March of Dimes of Bartow County, chairman of the board of directors for the Bartow County College and Career Academy, serve on the Bartow Education Foundation, Cass High School Technical Advisory Committee, Technical Women in Georgia (TWIG) — 2012 held our first MAGIC (Mentoring a Girls in Construction) Summer Camp for Girls at Cass High School, vice chair for Bartow County Board of Elections, 2012 Chamber Leadership Bartow.

What is your greatest professional and/or personal achievement?

A: Professionally I would have to say being involved in the Bartow County College and Career Academy. This concept was started in 1994 and we as a community were able to make this a reality with the signing of our official Bartow County College and Career Academy Charter by the State Board of Education in November of this year. What a milestone for education in Bartow County.

Personally: Being a wife, mother and grandmother. Family is the heart of who I am.

If you were not in this line of work, what would you like to do?

A: I have a passion for baking. I would love to be able to turn my recreational passion into a small business at some point in time.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

A: Committed, transparent and dedicated

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

A: I love antiques and collect antique pottery.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

A: Anything worth doing is worth doing right!

Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?

A: The Stilesboro Academy