The Kentucky Center for Veterans Studies Advisory Council provides guidance and subject-matter expertise to define the mission and advance the goals of KCVS. We are honored to welcome Beth Avey to our team.
Beth Avey is the vice president of the Knox Regional Development Alliance (KRDA), a community-based non-profit focused on promoting and protecting Fort Knox and growing defense related business in the Greater Fort Knox Region. Prior to joining the KRDA team, Avey served as the president and CEO of Heartland Communications Consultants, Inc, an Elizabethtown, Kentucky full-service marketing communications firm that she co-founded. An Army veteran, Avey also co-founded Where Opportunity Knox, a bi-state regional initiative that worked to connect veterans and military spouses with job opportunities in the greater Louisville region.
Originally from Pittsburgh, she earned her bachelor of arts degree from Syracuse University and her masters of business administration from Western Kentucky University. After graduation from the Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Syracuse, Avey was commissioned as an Army officer and served nearly 13 years on active duty, largely as a public affairs officer. Her years of service included a tour at Fort Knox where she worked on the Army’s national advertising program, met a captain named Derek and fell in love with him, and Central Kentucky.
Following her assignment at Fort Knox, Avey was selected to participate in the Army’s coveted Training With Industry Program at Ketchum Public Relations. Then it was off to the Pentagon where she served as the deputy director and ultimately, the director of Army marketing for the Army’s chief of public affairs. In 2004, when Avey’s husband received an offer to come back to Fort Knox in a civilian capacity, the decision to return to Kentucky was an easy one. They have called the greater Fort Knox region home since then.