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Featured Alumni Profile (August 2015)      

Alumnus of the Month, Mr. John Potts

Lane Man, John Potts, a member of the Class of 1971, is our Alumnus of the month of August. In 1971, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business. In 1984, he opened his first McDonald's in Detroit, Michigan. He supports growth and promotion from within and has sent several members of his management team to HU (Hamburger University). He has been a successful Detroit owner/operator for McDonald's for over 30 years.

He has received the prestigious Ronald Award. This award is given to the top one percent of McDonald's owners nationwide. In addition to this award, he has held several offices throughout his 30 year career. Some of them include President, Public Relations Chairperson, and African American Chairperson of Southeastern Michigan McDonald's Operations Association (SEMMOA) and President and Treasurer of Black McDonald's Operators Association of Michigan, (BMOA). He believes, "You can be successful just by doing your best. Pay attention, learn from others, and treat them the way you want to be treated."

Going to the dances in the "Barn" was his favorite memory of Lane College. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Potts at the National Alumni Conference. I gathered that some of his other favorite memories of Lane College were meeting Lane Lady Ms. Jean Potts a member of the Class of 1972. He also spoke about going to school with two of his buddies (Mr. Gerald Williams and Mr. Mr. Judson Pickard) from Georgia and Ohio. They all entered into the same business and became owners and operators of the McDonalds franchise. They all became members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Kappa Sigma Chapter. Today, their bond is stronger than ever.

He currently resides in Southfield, Michigan with his lovely wife of 43 years. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Nu Omega Chapter, Detroit, but remains true to his undergraduate chapter, Kappa Sigma. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Detroit. He spends his time operating his stores, photographing friends/family, and traveling to visit his children/grandchildren. We thank Lane Man Potts for his dedication and service to Lane College.

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