President, Growth Potential Public Relations
Johnnie L. Hunter, president of Growth Potential Public Relations, is an entrepreneur, volunteer and socialite. She began her career as a social worker and Early Childhood Development professional. Soon, her entrepreneurial spirit kicked-in and she opened Pumpkin’s Palace Day Care Center. After working at Metro Arts Complex as the Public Relations Director, she felt the urge to open her own Public Relations firm. She and her husband, Bill Hunter have worked with many clients from Fortune 500 companies to local small businesses.
Hunter has always had an abiding interest in children. After having her children participate in programs at Your Heritage House, she volunteered and later became Chief Operating Officer.
Her board participation has been extensive and she has a reputation for making a difference. Adopt-A-Child for Christmas is one of her pet projects. She consistently recruits adults to make Christmas a happy time for 70 to 80 children. During her tenure as a Detroit Public Library Commissioner she introduced the Teen Center concept to the library known as HYPE. Additionally, while on the Board of Children’s Aid Society, she started the annual CAS Keeping Kids Safe Walk/Run. She also chaired the 150th anniversary of Children’s Aid Society. Hunter served on the Adrian College Board of Trustees for three years. Johnnie’s many philanthropic endeavors lead to her being given title of 2011 Women of Excellence Honoree. In May of 2017, Johnnie became an advisor for the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Hunter and her husband moved to Detroit from Wichita, Kansas. She was educated in the Kansas City, Missouri, public school system then received her undergraduate degree from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She likes to refer to herself as a “Bennett Belle.” Hunter earned her MSW from Wayne State University. She is a member of the Tau Alpha Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Greater Wayne County Chapter of Links, Inc.
A Detroit resident, Johnnie L. Hunter is married with two sons and three grandchildren. Her hobbies include international travel, gardening, fencing and yoga.