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Jody Athen


Whitefish, Montana

Current City

Hamburg, Iowa

Northwest Foundation Board Member

Board member since 2023


  • Accounting; University of Montana, CPA Certificate, 1977
  • Human Resource Generalist Certificate, Creighton University, 2010


  • Retired
  • 2014-2016: AgriVision Equipment Group
  • 2006-2013: A&M Green Power
  • 1976-2005: Athen Implement


For the first 30 years of my career, I worked side-by-side with my husband, Don, in the family business. Through mergers and acquisitions, we became A&M Green Power, then AgriVision Equipment Group. After my retirement, the business continued to grow through a joint venture to become AVE-PLP, LLC, a John Deere dealer group with over 30 locations in the midwest, where I remain a member. 

I was a founding member of the Grape Community Hospital Foundation. This foundation was formed to aid in the hospital's recovery from bankruptcy in the late 80's. 

Don and I have three children, Valery, Nicholas and Jessica and seven grandchildren. 

Why are you "forever green"?

"Even though I am not a Northwest graduate, Don and I have been fortunate to become friends of the University over the years. We have been able to endow a scholarship and give to building projects at the University. Northwest offers opportunities for both students and employers with an established track record in preparing students for success. I hope to be able to help contribute to that success in the rapidly changing future."