Brooke Beach honored with 2017 John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award
Founder and CEO of Marketwake Brooke Beach, a 2011 graduate of Grady College, is the 2017 recipient of the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award. The award recognizes a graduate of the last decade who has experienced a successful early career.
Before starting her own company, Beach was CEO of Kevy, a technology company, where she helped turn the company around after its pivot into marketing automation in 2015. She started her career as a spokesperson for Fortune 500 companies and helped lead nationwide PR and marketing campaigns.
A serial entrepreneur and sought-after leader in the industry, Beach has a passion for helping businesses and leaders grow.
“Grady taught me, at a young age, to not let difficulties stand in the way of pursuing my dreams,” Beach said. “I am forever grateful for that.”
“While in Grady I had to have very serious surgery on my foot. Most people told me to drop out for the semester, or even for the year, to recover. I remember a conversation with Dr. (Tom) Reichert. He told me to keep going, to not give up and to not let others tell me what I can or cannot do—that ultimately that choice was mine,” Beach recalled. “I did not drop out that semester and went on to (graduate) magna cum laude.”
Beach will be recognized at “Grady Salutes: A Celebration of Achievement, Commitment and Leadership” on April 28 at 6 p.m. at the UGA Tate Grand Hall. Other 2017 Alumni Award recipients include:
- Bonnie Arnold (ABJ’ 77), John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award
- Jason Kreher (ABJ ’00, Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award
- Jane B. Singer (ABJ ’76), Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award
Read more about this year’s Alumni Award honorees at https://t.uga.edu/37u.