2019 Beacon Award
PRSA of Greater Connecticut is pleased to announce that at our 2019 Mercury Awards Ceremony on Oct. 24 in Hartford, we will be giving our inaugural Beacon Award, which recognizes a Connecticut executive whose leadership champions robust communications and public relations as a path to enhancing the important connection between his or her organization and its customers, clients, employees and communities.
Our 2019 Beacon Award recipient is Nathan Grube, executive director of the Travelers Championship.
Nathan has been the Executive Director of the Greater Hartford Community Foundation, Inc. and the Tournament Director of the Travelers Championship, Connecticut’s PGA TOUR event, since 2005. During this time, the tournament has generated close to $19 million for charity and has been recognized by the PGA TOUR for numerous awards. In addition to receiving the “Players Choice” award each of the past two years, the Travelers Championship was named “Tournament of the Year” by the PGA TOUR in 2017 and has now won 14 TOUR awards since 2009. Others include “Most Fan Friendly Event” (2010, 2012, 2017), “Best Title Sponsor Integration” (2009, 2010, 2012), “Best Marketing Program” (2011), “Best Use of Players” (2012), “Best Charity Integration” (2013), “Best Special Event” (2016, when it hosted the Bruce Edwards Foundation Dinner) and “Best Tournament Sales” (2017). He is also a Class ‘A’ member of the PGA of America and an active member of the Connecticut Section of the PGA.
After graduating from Auburn University in 1996 with a degree in Mass Communications, Nathan worked for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Academy of Golf as an instructor through 2001. During this time, he also played professional golf on various tours throughout the Southeast. He then went to work for the Bruno Event Team from 2001-2004 where he was the Executive Director of The First Tee of Greater Birmingham and also worked on all four major professional golf tours in the United States, including serving as Tournament Director for the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
Nathan lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife, Carmen, and their two children.