Alumni Profile: Joe McGrail

My studies at Cape Cod Community College began after graduating from Barnstable High School back in 1998. It was just what I needed to help me start gaining college credits, figure out a what I might want to major in, and begin my path into higher education. I quickly began building a campus network with faculty in the business department, students in my classes and in the gym, and partners on group projects. My time at Cape Cod Community College flew by while I learned valuable information about business, college, and myself.

Following my time at Cape Cod Community College I transferred to UMass-Amherst where I majored in Hospitality and Tourism Management. I participated in student clubs and campus jobs that helped me have fun and build a strong network that resulted in a great job in the hospitality industry back on Cape Cod following my graduation. In 2005 while working at Ocean Edge Resort, I made a career jump into the consumer packaged goods industry and took a job working for The Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams, among many other brands.

While at The Boston Beer Company I’ve experienced several roles and embraced many new learning opportunities. In addition, I went to Babson College where I obtained my Masters degree in Business Administration during nights and weekends while my day job was traveling all over the country selling Boston Beer products to our distributors and helping our sales teams understand and romance our processes and portfolio.

Currently, I’ve taken a position in the Human Resources department at our Boston Headquarters. The role focuses on employee engagement and I get to work on exciting projects like employee recognition, internal communication, and change management.

In 2017 I was elected to the Cape Cod Community College Board of Trustees as Alumni Trustee. It’s been a great opportunity to reconnect with the College that did so much for me. I’m happy to be part of the team that will ensure all students have great opportunities and experiences when they enroll at Cape Cod Community College.

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