FRANKLIN — Johannah  (Jo) Brown,  the local owner of The Franklin Studio located in the Buell Building in downtown Franklin , was selected as the 2018 Woman of Achievement by the Franklin Business and Professional Women’s club at Onion’s Restaurant in Tilton, New Hampshire on October 17th.  

The Woman of Achievement award is given each year to a woman who is outstanding in her career, lends assistance to other women in their advancement, gives guidance to youth and young career women and provides leadership and service to her community.  Brown was presented with a plaque and flowers for this year’s recognition and ceremony.

Jo Brown is a retired US Air Force officer having spent over 22 years on active duty as a personnel officer, executive officer and squadron commander.  She spent her second career as a program administrator for USAA in San Antonio, Texas and moved back to Franklin in 2011 with her husband Scott, a retired Air Force Officer, and their three daughters.  She has made a commitment to support and to be actively involved in the revitalization of downtown Franklin.

In addition to being a local business owner,  wife and the mother of three grown daughters, Brown volunteers at the NH State Veterans Home, the Merrimack County Nursing Home; she is a member of the Franklin City Planning Board, a committee member of the Franklin for a Lifetime City Committee, a corporate member of the Peabody Home, former secretary and co-chair for Choose Franklin, former secretary and co-manager for the Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, former member of Franklin Animal Shelter Board of Directors and a member and organist for Masses at St Gabriel’s Parish.

The Franklin Business and Professional Women’s club is a nonprofit whose goal is to promote full participation, equity and economic self-sufficiency for American’s working women.  Its mission statement is to provide a supportive environment for learning, risk taking, individual growth and development for all BPW members.  

The Woman of Achievement recognizes a woman who goes far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expected.  

For a list of prior Women of Achievement or  for more information on the Franklin Business and Professional Women’s organization, visit or Facebook at Sponsors for the Woman of Achievement ceremony were Marshall Florist and Franklin Savings Bank.