"I hope everybody in the city could serve as she has in such an honest and fair way."

Mayor Palmer DePaulis use this comment to honor N. Patricia Freston, manager of personnel services for Questar Corp., who received the Athena Businesswoman of the Year Award Thursday during the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Business to Business Expo '90 in the Salt Palace.Freston has served on the Salt Lake City Civil Service Commission since 1983 and DePaulis said Fres-ton has been handling sensitive issues in connection with that job. "When she no longer is on the commission she will leave a legacy of how things should be done," the mayor said.

DePaulis said Freston has redefined the word volunteer. "She has done many remarkable things and spent countless hours helping out in many areas," he said.

Also paying tribute to Freston was R. Don Cash, Questar president and chief executive officer, who said Freston has many special skills and knows how to listen and "get the best out of people. He said Freston is one of the reasons that his company is successful.

The award, an abstract statute of the Greek goddess Athena, is awarded annually by the chamber to recognize a woman who has demonstrated her leadership in her business or profession, supports professional women, works in the community and is an active member of the chamber.

The award was sponsored by First Security Bank of Utah and presented to Freston by L. Scott Nelson, bank president.

Freston, who has been with Questar for 14 years, said it's a pleasure to give something back to the community, because the community gives her the sense of belonging.

She said all great men and women are committed to their community, whether it be a church, their home or their work, and it's not like work because she enjoys what she does.

The expo features more than 300 exhibitor booths and seminars focusing on personal and business development.

One of those featured was Bob Proctor, educator, author and consultant, who said people have to overcome some of the things they've been conditioned to believe and move ahead toward being the best they can be. He said everybody has skills to accomplish goals and that people should continue to improve themselves.