Kean Alumna Recognized for Her Commitment to the Community


Kean University Foundation Board Member Patricia M. Barksdale ‘95, a Jersey City, N.J.-based Merrill Lynch advisor, was one of 11 employees recently honored with the 2017 David Brady Award at a ceremony in New York. The Kean alumna was recognized for her outstanding philanthropy, client focus and overall commitment to her company and community.

“There are many things you can accomplish, but this award was true to my passion for education and my community,” said Barksdale. “That’s why it meant so much more. It’s what drives everything else.”

The award is named for David Brady, a New York-based financial advisor who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He was highly respected for putting the client first and giving back to his community. The award that bears his name was created in 2007 and seeks to honor individuals within Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management division, which includes Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust. Award recipients were joined by Brady’s family members, senior leaders and past award recipients to hear the inspiring stories of this year’s winners all nominated by their colleagues.

“David Brady worked tirelessly to help his clients, colleagues and community every day of his life. That’s why it is a great honor for me to congratulate those who have the strong dedication to excellence, client service and community that David exemplified, and acknowledge their contributions with the David Brady Award,” said James P. Hughes, market executive.

In 1993, Barksdale joined Merrill Lynch as a client associate where she performed administrative duties prior to becoming a financial advisor in 2000.

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