Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast recently welcomed three new board members. Alyssa Freeman, James McBrayer and Samuel Quincy Edwards each bring impressive résumés, experiences and connections that they hope will strengthen the underlying mission of the organization moving forward.
Freeman is the executive director at Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, where she began in 2008. She was born and raised in southeastern Michigan and is a graduate of Oakland University. Freeman holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, with a focus in public relations. She also has an MBA in organizational leadership from Ashford University.
As a member of the Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2020, a past board member of the Florida Fishing Academy and current board member for Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, Freeman brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit Junior Achievement for years to come.
McBrayer is a vice president and client advisor at Bessemer Trust. Prior to joining Bessemer Trust, he served in the same role at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. He has also worked for UBS Private Wealth Management as a senior wealth strategy associate and served as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army during Operation Enduring Freedom.
McBrayer is a member of the board of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, a volunteer with Take Stock in Children, and a member of Palm Beach Tax Institute, the East Coast Estate Planning Council and the Palm Beach Estate Planning Council. He holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of Miami and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Florida Atlantic University. He is a CFP professional and a CFA Level III candidate.
Edwards is the chief marketing officer for SEO.co, an Inc. 5000 company that focuses on content marketing, link building and social marketing. Prior to joining SEO.co in 2014, he was an online media strategist for Tenthwave Digital LLC in New York City, a digital marketing manager for Truceuticals, an SEM specialist for Price Benowitz and an online marketing media buyer for Unique Leads.
Edwards is inbound marketing certified by HubSpot, a Bing Ads accredited professional, and Google Ads and Analytics certified. In addition to being a TEDx speaker, he is the founder of the Palm Beach Search Marketers meetup group, a mentor for the T. Howard Foundation, and an event co-organizer for Palm Beach Startup Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week West Palm Beach.
Junior Achievement is committed to inspiring and preparing the next generation of leaders through compelling financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs. Learn more at http://palmbeachtreasurecoast.ja.org.