BSA Troop 21


Herschel Smith (T21 Eagle Scout #170)

GSW Alumni of the Week January, 2019:  Ben Andrews ('11)


GSW Alumni Association

GSW Alumni of the Week🎓:

Ben Andrews ('11)

     Ben began his career working for the Community and Economic Development Department for the city of Americus. In that position, he oversaw a variety of boards and authorities, and worked with recruiting, retaining, and assisting small businesses. While working for the city, he earned his MBA from Georgia Southwestern State University, and in 2013 was promoted to department director, becoming the youngest senior staff member in the city’s modern history. In September 2014, Rural Leader Magazine named him one of the top four selections for its inaugural “40 Under 40” publication.


    In 2016 he returned to Atlanta to work for the American Cancer Society in the role of Senior Market Manager for Community Engagement. There he worked with various verticals within the Atlanta market, ranging from fundraising to mission delivery.


      Ben is now a Statewide Program Manager with Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). Founded in 1980, ATDC at Georgia Tech is Georgia’s technology incubator and has developed a global reputation for fostering technological entrepreneurship. Forbes named ATDC to its list of “Incubators Changing the World” in 2010 and 2013. Ben joined Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) in 2017 as community engagement coordinator, but now oversees the ATDC @ initiative, which takes the incubator’s education, resources, and programming to various cities across the state.


      Outside of work Ben is active in his community. He has served as a board member for several non-profit organizations and has worked to address issues ranging from affordable housing and childhood literacy, to transportation infrastructure and cyclist and pedestrian safety. He has also managed capital campaigns for various charitable organizations. Currently, he serves on the board of GeorgiaForward, and is chairman of alumni engagement for GeorgiaForward’s Young Gamechanger program.


     Ben, a native of Americus, earned his undergraduate degree in business management from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Scheller College of Business. He and his wife Casey reside in Chamblee.