ABOUT THE OWNERS
(Former Owner, President and CEO of EWA Beverage Group, Inc.) and his wife, Dr. Paula Greenfield
Washington, founded the company in 1994 following his early retirement from Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) as a Corporate
Vice President after almost 30 years of service to the Coca-Cola “family.” Ed had the sales responsibility for national
accounts such as the Marriott Corporation, military commissaries and exchanges, and colleges and universities. As Vice President
of Community Affairs, Mr. Washington was responsible for corporate-wide community outreach to all field operations in the
development and implementation of effective community relations activities, as well as serving as corporate liaison to the
various ethnic communities in all special events markets.
Among his other key executive positions with CCE, Ed served as Vice President of Market Development and Special Markets. In this capacity, he was responsible for planning, developing and implementing sales programs and activities for the African-American, Hispanic and Asian consumer markets. He was also the first black General Manager of the largest sales center within the Coca-Cola System at the Capital Heights, MD Sales Center from 1981-1982.
During his lengthy corporate career, Ed has also held several management and supervisory positions for such corporations as Del Monte, RJR Foods and Uniworld Advertising.
Mr. Washington has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS from Virginia State University. He was also awarded an honorary Ph.D. from Southeastern University. He is a life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, a board member of the Atlanta Boys & Girls Clubs and the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. Ed has received numerous awards from such national organizations as Bowie State University, Georgetown University, Operation PUSH, the Presidentís Award from Florida A & M University, Whoís Who of American Business Leaders, the City of Washington, D. C., the Atlanta Urban League, and was awarded the key to the city of Albany, Georgia.
Ed was married to Dr. Paula Greenfield Washington, President of The WOMENTOR Group, LLC and has three daughters, a son, and nine grandchildren.
PAULA GREENFIELD WASHINGTON, Ph.D. (Current Owner and CFO of EWA Beverage Group, Inc.) assisted her husband, Edward, in the formation of EWA Beverage Group, Inc. in 1994.
Dr Washington was awarded one of the first two Ph.D.s in Womenís Studies from Emory University in 1995, and has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses for the Department of Womenís Studies.
On March 18, 2017, Dr. Washington was awarded the OUTSTANDING ALUMNA AWARD at the 100 YEARS OF WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE Celebration Reception and Awards Dinner, celebrating 100 Years of Women at Emory. This prestigious award was presented by the Emory Alumni Association and the Center for Women at Emory.
Dr. Washington also served as a Research Fellow with Center for Leadership and Career Studies at the Goizueta Business School as well as on Emoryís Commission on the Status of Women and the Presidentís Advisory Committee on the Emory Womenís Center. She was also appointed one of the first Deanís Teaching Fellows. Dr. Washington served as Chair of the Emory Center for Women from 2003-2004.
Dr. Washington has served on the Emory Board of Visitors. Emory Universityís Board of Visitors is a distinguished group of leaders who help Emory University further its relationships with the Atlanta community. Nominations to the Board of Visitors are taken from peers and voted on by the Emory Board of Trustees. Previous members include several CEOs and Presidents of Atlantaís largest companies.
In 2011, Dr. Washington was selected to serve on the Emory Alumni Board (EAB), an advisory board with working committees which partners with and oversees the activities of the Emory Alumni Association (EAA) to meet the mission of the EAA, and has just accepted an additional two year appointment. Dr. Washington was also selected (2011) as one of Emory University's 175 HISTORYMAKERS. This honor is a part of Emory's 175 year celebration, and has been given to 175 Emory HISTORYMAKERS for their contributions and leadership in assisting Emory University develop and implement its overall vision and mission to ensure its continued example of a vision for our world where we are all inquiry-driven, ethically engaged and committed to working collaboratively for constant positive transformation.
Her latest book, “THE WOMENTOR GUIDE: Leadership for the new Millennium” is the basis for her consulting firm, The WOMENTOR Group, LLC. Prior to completing her doctorate at Emory University, she spent over 15 years in private and public sector service.
She was Special Assistant in the Carter Administration to former Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman and co-authored Voices for Women for the Womenís Bureauís 60th birthday celebration. After the Carter Administration, Dr. Washington joined a labor relations consulting firm and was a lead negotiator in the historic Operation PUSH/Coca-Cola Reciprocity Agreement that provided jobs and contracts to minority and women-owned businesses. She also developed the initial strategic diversity participation plan for MARTAís expansion in Atlanta.
Dr. Washington holds an MBA in Marketing and Business Law, as well as a BA in Political Science, from the University of Texas in Austin.