Business 100 – 2008 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Sat, 20 Jul 2019 03:40:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 Matthew Walsh Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:40:50 +0000 Read more..]]> As Chief Executive Officer of The Walsh Group, Matthew Walsh represents the third generation of family ownership and management of the successful building and development company.

The Walsh Group is recognized as one of the nation’s top builders, managing an annual volume of work valued in excess of $2.3 billion.
Matthew attended the University of Notre Dame and also holds a degree of Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law.

He currently sits on the Advisory Board at the University of Notre Dame. In 1990, as a way to encourage inner-city minority and female
students to study and intern in the construction and engineering fields, Matthew, along with his brother, Daniel, created the Walsh Foundation.

A second-generation Irish-American, Matthew was born and raised in Chicago, where he was honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. His family hails from County Armagh as well as County Mayo.  Matthew is married with three children.

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Joseph Walsh Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:40:02 +0000 Read more..]]> Look at any magazine rack in the United States or Canada, and you’ll find the fruits of Joseph Walsh’s labor. Walsh is chairman and chief executive officer of the Curtis Circulation Company, the leading national distributor of magazines, with over $1.7 billion in retail sales and 36 percent marketplace share. In all, Curtis distributes some 900  publications throughout the world, including Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Elle, and The Economist.

In addition to his duties at Curtis, Joe also provides support to a homeless shelter in East Harlem, New York, which he and several
fellow businessmen helped to open. He is also heavily involved with a number of Irish organizations, such as Project Children, which to date has brought over to the United States 20,000 Catholic and Protestant children for a four week vacation, the Irish American Partnership and the Irish American Unity Conference.

As a first-generation Irish-American whose parents both hail from Cork, Joe’s Irish heritage is a very important to him. He, his wife, and their five children are all Irish citizens.

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James V. Walsh Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:39:11 +0000 Read more..]]> James V. Walsh is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Meijer, Inc.,  which employs over 60,000 people and is credited as introducing the supercenter retail concept in 1962.  Meijer is one of the top ten privately held companies in the U.S.

Walsh has been with the company for 15 years and first held the position of VP Controller. Prior to that he worked at the Warehouse Club Inc., where he was president of the $200 million publicly held membership club.

James is active in the community. He is a church and scout leader, coaches youth sports, is a United Way leader, and a
member of the Catholic Secondary Schools Development Committee.

He received his BBA from Loyola University, and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University, where he sits on the University Business Advisory  Council. He  became a CPA in Illinois in 1976.

James is a second-generation Irish-American whose father and mother’s families (the Burkes) both came from Mayo.  He is married for 31 years and has three children and four grandchildren.

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Susan Ungaro Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:37:14 +0000 Read more..]]> As President of the James Beard Foundation, an organization dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s culinary heritage, Susan Kelliher Ungaro  hopes to expand the foundation’s culinary scholarship program,  and increase its membership base and promotion on a national level.

Before joining the Beard Foundation in April, 2006, she was editor-in-chief of the much-loved Family Circle magazine. A former Irish America Keynote Speaker, Susan’s many honors include the William Paterson University Legacy Award, and the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund Muriel Fox communication award. She was also honored by President Reagan’s Office for Consumer Affairs for her “outstanding contribution to increasing consumer awareness in America.”

Susan is a  first-generation Irish-American. Both her father, Thomas Gerard Kelliher, and her mother, the former Mary Christina Brosnan, were born in Castlegregory, County Kerry. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children, and has visited Ireland four times.

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Dan Touhey Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:36:16 +0000 Read more..]]> Dan Touhey is Vice President of Marketing at Spalding Sports. In 2001, Dan  was awarded the patent for, and launched the first and only basketball with a built-in micro-pump.

The Spalding Infusion became the most successful basketball ever, and was the first in a series of groundbreaking innovations in sports equipment for Dan.In 2004, Dan was presented with the Russell Corporation’s Chairman’s Award, and earlier this year, he was named one of the Forty under 40 by Business West.

A second-generation Irish-American, Dan has stayed close to his roots. During his junior year at Boston College he studied abroad at University College, Cork, earning a minor in Irish Studies. He also holds an MBA from NYU. Dan credits his success to the memory of his Irish grandparents. “From the sweat of their blue-collar beginnings in this country my family and I have achieved tremendous educational and professional opportunities. I have to believe my grandparents would be thrilled with how it all turned out.” Dan is married with two children.

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Thomas J. Tierney Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:35:22 +0000 Read more..]]> Thomas J. Tierney is a recognized leader in serving the nonprofit sector. In 1999 he co-founded the Bridgespan Group, an independent,
nonprofit organization designed to provide general management consulting services to foundations and other nonprofits.

He previously was CEO of Bain & Company until stepping down in 2000. A native of California, he received his B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Davis, and later attended Harvard Business School where he received his M.B.A. In 2002 he co-authored Aligning the Stars, which was published by Harvard Business School Press.

Thomas is a director of e-Bay as well as many nonprofit organizations including the United Way Massachusetts Bay, and the California Nature Conservancy. He is also a supporter of The American Ireland Fund.

Thomas, a fifth-generation Irish-American, credits his philanthropy to his Irish heritage, which he says “influences my outlook on life, my commitment to people and place, my family orientation and even the twinkle in my eye.” He is married with two children.

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Dawn Sweeney Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:34:28 +0000 Read more..]]> As president and chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association, Dawn Sweeney leads the chief business association for the restaurant industry, which represents nearly a million restaurant and foodservice outlets and approximately 12.8 million employees.  Prior to that, Dawn was president and CEO of AARP Services and was responsible for generating more than $700 million in annual revenue to support AARP’s mission. She recently received a Bravo Women Business Achievement Award from Washington SmartCEO magazine and also featured in Profiles in Diversity Journal as a “Woman Worth Watching in 2006.” Also in 2006, Washington Business Journal named her one of its “Women Who Mean Business.”

Dawn, a second-generation Irish-American, has roots on her father’s side in Cork and Belfast and on her mother’s in Clifden, County Galway. A member of the Save the Children board, Dawn, who has B.S. and M.B.A. degrees, recalls that “my grandfather would tell me about his youth in Ireland, and I remember bursting with pride that I was Irish. To this day, my favorite holiday is St. Patrick’s Day.” A native of Maine, she is married with one child.

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Anne Sweeney Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:33:32 +0000 Read more..]]> Being named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune magazine and one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” by Forbes, comes naturally to Anne Sweeney. As co-chairman of Media Networks, The Walt Disney Co., and president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Sweeney has risen through the ranks of television with one success after another. She has presided over a quadrupling of Disney Channel subscribers, and the launch of the successful SOAPnet and Toon Disney channels. In 2004 she was awarded the Cable Television Public Affairs Association’s President’s Award.

Anne, who earned a B.A. from the College of New Rochelle and a Ed.M. from Harvard, traces her Irish roots to counties Meath, Kerry and Mayo. Active in both industry and community organizations, she was elected a director of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in March 2001. This past October Anne was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame, and also received the Committee of 200’s Luminary Award.

Anne and husband, Philip Millier, live with their two children in Los Angeles.

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Dennis Swanson Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:32:08 +0000 Read more..]]> Dennis Swanson became President of Station Operations, Fox Television Stations Group in 2005. In this role he helps manage the 35 Fox owned-and-operated stations across the country. Before working for Fox, he was the executive vice president and COO of the Viacom Television Stations Group. In his previous capacity, as head of WNBC Channel 4 in New York, Dennis was named “Broadcaster of the Year” by Broadcasting & Cable, an industry trade publication.

Swanson has received recognition throughout his career, including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He was recently re-elected chairman of the board of trustees of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Ireland-US Council.

Born in California, Dennis was raised in Springfield, Illinois, and earned an MS from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He traces his Irish ancestry to County Mayo. His great-grandfather emigrated during the famine in 1848.
Dennis is married with three children and nine grandchildren.

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Ted Sullivan Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:31:22 +0000 Read more..]]> Ted Maurice Sullivan is a managing director at KPMG LLP, and serves some of the firm’s largest advisory clients in the Southeast.  KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. Since joining KPMG in 1999, Ted has worked in the advisory practice, primarily servicing telecommunications and media clients.  He currently leads a team of senior client service executives in the Southeast region.

Ted traces his mother’s ancestors to County Tyrone, and his father’s to County Cork. He is a founding member of the Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society and has served as the Georgia president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  He has served twice as parade chairman of the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade and was the parade’s honorary Grand Marshal in 2005. Ted visits Ireland every year to reconnect with friends in Navan, Cork, and the North of Ireland, where he has participated in various political forums.  He holds a B.S. in Finance from Troy University.  He and his wife Sara reside in Atlanta.

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