Rob Beckham of WME Gets Roasted for Charity

T.J. Martell Foundation Honors and Roasts Music Industry Executive Rob Beckham of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment as the 2014 Ambassador of the Year

L-R:  Ralphie May, Rob Beckham, Storme Warren
by Brittany Inman, LEGACY PR & Events

On May 12th, friends, colleagues, and clients of entertainment executive Rob Beckham came together at The Rosewall to “roast” the very first T.J. Martell Foundation Ambassador of the Year. The co-head of William Morris Endeavor’s Nashville office was presented with the award for his contribution to the music and entertainment industry.  This recognition is given to a skilled and gifted professional who has earned the respect of seasoned industry veterans and serves as a mentor to the next generation of rising young executives following in his footsteps.

Storme Warren served as the night’s emcee, monitoring Twitter for congratulatory tweets and texts from wellwishers. Comedian Ralphie May kicked off the roast, with clients Brad Paisley, Chris Young, and Jerrod Niemann joining in the fun. Also participating were WME Kristin Cantrell, Dana Burwell, Kevin Neal, Greg Oswald, Billboard’s Ray Waddell, Collective Music Management’s Brinson Strickland, Live Nation’s Brian O’Connell and Red Light Management’s Kristy Reeves. Video tributes and harassment were recorded by Beckham’s clients Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry.

Brad Paisley explains his tour map
Guests mingled during a VIP cocktail reception, enjoyed a light dinner buffet and enjoyed the photo lounge provided by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment where guests could dress up and pose with a life-sized cardboard of the honoree.  Guests could enter a tricky trade to win prizes such as bottles of Pinot Grigio, a VIP trip to stay at the Omni Chicago, and a beauty basket from Sephora.  Proceeds from the event benefitted the T.J. Martell Foundation.

The T.J. Martell Foundation’s “Ambassador of the Year” award is presented to an individual who has risen to the top of his field through commitment, dedication and perseverance. 

“Rob Beckham is extremely generous and giving of his time,” says Tinti Moffat, Director of Strategic Development at the T.J. Martell Foundation.  “His unwavering commitment to both projects that are meaningful to him and to people he believes in, coupled with his willingness to invest in them, make him a most worthy recipient of this accolade.”

Rick Ship, Gary Allan, Jerrod Niemann and Rob Beckham
Rob Beckham is the co-head of William Morris Endeavor’s Nashville office, and has spent nearly twenty-five years working in the entertainment industry.  Over the course of his career, he has played a part in the success of some of the best-known artists in country music.  His client roster includes Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Reba McIntire, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Gary Allan, Chris Young, Easton Corbin and Jerrod Niemann among many others.  In addition to his work at WME, Beckham is also very involved in the Nashville community.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Country Music Association, the T.J. Martell Foundation and Make-A-Wish for Middle Tennessee.

"This is an unexpected and rather cool recognition,” said Rob Beckham.  “I’ve worked with so many amazing individuals in my career, on stage and off – from performers, to those that the T.J. Martell Foundation has reached.  If I’ve been able to make an impact in any their journeys, I can say it’s really been a privilege.  I’m looking forward hearing some stories from my friends and celebrating this honor together.”    


More About The T.J. Martell Foundation

The T.J. Martell Foundation, founded in 1975 by the music industry, is a national non-profit organization that funds cutting edge research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS at top hospitals nationwide.   Visit www.tjmartell.org for more information.       

Rob, Kevin Neal and Greg Oswald








Congratulations Rob Beckham!






Melissa and Rob Beckham


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