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Franklin Kilwins owner given leadership award

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Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark, owner of Kilwins Franklin.

Ashley Clark, owner of Kilwins Franklin, has been honored with the 2021 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award by the Greenville, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. 

This prestigious award honors up-and-coming women who show accomplishment and leadership in their respective fields. Additionally, the Greenville Chamber notes it is given to women who have made “significant contributions to Greenville in promoting community and quality of life.” 

Clark was presented the award at the Greenville Chamber’s Athena Leadership Symposium on Nov. 10. The chamber has recognized women with the ATHENA Leadership Award since 2001. This is the inaugural presentation of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award by the Greenville Chamber. The ATHENA Award honors women locally, nationally and internationally.

Clark and her husband, Landon, purchased the Kilwins location in Franklin from Mike and Debbie Murray this summer. The Murrays opened the store in July 2014 and had the original vision for a Kilwins store in Franklin. 

The Clarks own three additional successful Kilwins stores in Greenville, South Carolina; Highlands, North Carolina; and Brevard, North Carolina.

In 2018, Ashley Clark was also selected as the South Carolina Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Kilwins Franklin is operated by Melissa Wooten, a Franklin local.

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