BEACON PRESS RELEASE
Beacon President & CTO, Mike MacEwen, joins SongwritingWith:Soldiers Board
April 22, 2022
NASHVILLE, TN -- As of April, Mike MacEwen, President & CTO of Beacon Interactive Systems has been appointed to the Board of SongwritingWith:Soldiers (SW:S), a nonprofit organization using collaborative songwriting as a vehicle of expression for veterans to share their stories. The Nashville-based organization hosts weekend retreats across the country where veterans and their families work with professional songwriters to write songs surrounding their experiences in and out of active duty. It is both a form of processing and communicating these complicated and powerful experiences, as well as a chance to raise awareness for the experiences of the military community, via recordings shared across the internet as well as at live performances.
As a member of the SW:S Board, as well as a co-founder of Beacon, whose vast majority of customers and partners are in the military community, MacEwen intends to promote the goal he shares with SW:S – to protect the warriors who protect us.
“When someone says to you,” MacEwen starts on the impact of the organization, “‘I was right on the edge. People around me couldn’t touch me, couldn’t talk to me – I was headed over that cliff. And then I found this.’ It’s pretty profound.”
A 2019 PBS documentary explores the far-reaching impacts of SW:S. For more information, explore the film here: https://www.pbs.org/video/gary-burr-something-aint-right-xrkhl8/.
As a member of the SW:S Board, MacEwen is among leaders with a similar crossover of interests, including veterans and retired military superiors, as well as other leaders in the music industry and business sector. This appointment provides another avenue through which Beacon leadership can continue to support soldiers, sailors, and airmen, whether on or off the battlefield.
MacEwen played trumpet and piano for much of his early life, eventually founding an independent record label with Beacon CEO, ML Mackey. With a background in both music and business, MacEwen is aptly poised to help guide SW:S to future growth. He looks forward to bringing an innovative take to the nonprofit business, breaching new revenue streams, and strengthening the structure of the organization. All so that SW:S can reach more of our country's heroes and support them through their return home.
With a longstanding track record of continuous innovation, Beacon Interactive Systems, a successful non-traditional defense contractor, has leveraged commercial sector expertise to address critical national security needs for the Department of Defense, its partners & allies. Beacon’s Digital Platform spans the full operations and sustainment lifecycle with integrated products that address Energy Management, Portfolio Management, Operations, Maintenance & Sustainment. Focused on the transformative effects of digitizing edge operations, Beacon’s award-winning products streamline performance and provide strategic insight into operational capacity and readiness.
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