Debra K. Brede named Penn State Fayette Outstanding Alumnus
The Outstanding Alumnus of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus award was established in 1985 and honors former students of the campus whose subsequent professional achievement warrants special recognition by their Alma Mater. The recipients of the award possess the qualities that truly epitomize the phrase, “Penn State proud.”
Brede is president of D.K. Brede Investment Management Company of Needham, Mass., a firm she founded in 1989. She has more than 25 years of financial experience in investment guidance, financial planning, employee benefits planning, risk management planning, and investment services.
Brede graduated from Penn State University in 1978 with a bachelor of science in biology. She graduated from the Harvard Business School Owners-Presidents Management Program in 2007, and completed Boston University Program for Certified Financial Planners. She was chairperson of the District Economic Education Committee for the Security Industry Association and has also served on the System Advisory Board of the Boston Stock Exchange.
“Debra Brede began her college education at the Penn State Fayette campus and, while she no longer lives in the area and has achieved tremendous success in her career, she continues to maintain her ties with our campus,” Osagie explains. “In 2008, Debra came back to Fayette County to be our commencement speaker, and she currently is serving on our campus’ capital campaign committee. Her connection to Penn State Fayette is strong and we want to honor that commitment.”
Because of her work and skills, Brede has received many industry honors. In 2006, she was named by Boston Magazine as one of the top 20 high-end investment managers in the Boston area. Barron’s named her as one of the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors in the country in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2007, 2008 and 2009, Brede was listed among the Top 50 Independent Advisors in America by Registered Rep magazine. And, as seen in Forbes Magazine, Goldline Research named her as one of the Ten Most Dependable Wealth Managers of the Northeast in 2008. In addition, Barron’s included Brede as one of the Top 1,000 Advisors in America in 2009.
Brede has also shared her expertise on various news shows, including CNBC and Fox Business News. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, the New York Times, Financial Times, Reuters, and Bloomberg.
Brede is also active in her community. She is a member of the Boston Rescue Mission Advisory Council (and was on the board of directors from 2000-2007); a member of Agape International’s Board of Trustees; Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Institutional Review Board; and most recently joined Penn State University’s “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students” Committee.
(from left) Charles D. Curry, chairman of The Advisory Board of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus; Debra K. Brede, recipient of the 25th Outstanding Alumnus Award of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus; and Dr. Emmanuel I. Osagie, chancellor of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.