Business 100 – 2009 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Sat, 20 Jul 2019 03:40:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 Susan Kelliher Ungaro Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:21:46 +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, Ungaro’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.”

She 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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John P. Tynan Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:21:09 +0000 Read more..]]> John P. Tynan is the president and founder of TynanGroup, Inc., a Santa Barbara, California based holding company for multiple business ventures.  These include Medbridge Development Inc., Tg Hospitality, AnchorPoint and numerous real estate partnerships.

Tynan leads one of the fastest growing companies in the nation, appearing at #58 on Inc. magazine’s top 500 list. Prior to founding TynanGroup in 1991, he spent nearly a decade managing the construction of luxury resort and hotel projects for Hyatt Development Corporation as Vice-President of Planning and Construction.
Tynan holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA in finance from DePaul University. He currently serves on the University of Notre Dame’s Ireland Advisory Council.

Tynan is a third-generation Irish-American with roots in Clare, Mayo and Cork. He says that his Irish heritage “links me to my family and the past while at the same time giving meaning to the present and future by inspiring me to help people who struggle.” Tynan is married with two children.

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Anne Sweeney Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:20:29 +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.
Sweeney is a recipient of the Cable Television Public Affairs Association’s President’s Award, the Golden Mike Award for Outstanding Contributions to Broadcasting by the Broadcasters Foundation of America and, in April, received the Matrix Award for television from New York Women in Communications, Inc.

Sweeney, who earned a B.A. from the College of New Rochelle and an Ed.M. from Harvard, traces her Irish roots to Counties Meath, Kerry and Mayo. Sweeney was elected a Director of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in March 2001. In October 2007, she was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame, and also received the Committee of 200’s Luminary Award.

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

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Dennis Swanson Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:19:42 +0000 Read more..]]> Dennis Swanson became President of Station Operations, Fox Television Stations, Inc. in 2005. In this role he helps manage the 27 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, Swanson 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 he is the President-elect of the Ireland-U.S. council where he has been serving as Vice President.

Born in California, Swanson 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. Swanson is married with three children and nine grandchildren.

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Ted Sullivan Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:18:59 +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, Sullivan 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.

Sullivan 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. Sullivan 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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Brian W. Stack Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:18:18 +0000 Read more..]]> Brian W. Stack was recently named Managing Director of CIE Tours International and is responsible for the worldwide operations of CIE Tours.  In the 17 years he spent as head of CIE Tours International in North America, the company has grown to be Ireland’s leading tour operator.  Prior to that, Brian  worked as vice president of Marketing at the Ocean Reef Club and in 1989 he founded Stack International, a New York-based specialist marketing service for the hotel and travel industry before joining CIE in 1990. His awards include “Man of the Year” from the Incentive Travel Industry, and  “International Executive of the Year” by the World Congress on Marketing and Incentive Travel. He has also served a two-year term as President of SITE (Society of Incentive Travel Executives).  A native of Dublin, Stack was the first Irishman as well as the first European to join the society.

He is vice president and board member of the Ireland-US Council, and a director of the Irish American Cultural Institute. Stack is married to Ann-Marie and has two grown children.

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Margaret Smyth Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:17:32 +0000 Read more..]]> Margaret M. Smyth joined United Technologies in 2007 as its Vice President and Controller. In this role, she is responsible for many of the global finance functions for this $60 billion, Dow 30 diversified company that provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.

Prior to her current position, Smyth was Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of 3M and a senior partner at two leading global accounting and professional services firms in New York City. Smyth earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Fordham University, and her master’s degree in accounting from NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business, graduating summa cum laude from both.

She currently serves as a Director for Concern Worldwide (U.S.) and Fordham University. Smyth is also a member of IFRIC, the interpretations group of the International Accounting Standards Board, as well as on the Board of Directors of Mutual of America Investment Corporation.  A second-generation Irish-American and an Irish citizen, Smyth is married and has two sons.  The Smyths reside in West Hartford, CT and have a second home in County Roscommon.

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John Sharkey Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:16:44 +0000 Read more..]]> John Sharkey is Chairman and CEO of Kane, Saunders & Smart. In 1986, he joined MCI Communications Corporation to create and implement a Corporate Accounts Division, later expanding it into the Multi-National/Global Accounts Division.  Company revenues grew from $2 billion to $31 billion over the next thirteen years, with Sharkey retiring in 2000 upon the completion of the MCI and WorldCom merger. Prior to MCI, he was with Litton Industries, the General Electric Company, and the ROLM Corporation. He is a board member of Belfast’s FLAX Trust, The American Ireland Fund and Glucksman House at New York University. Sharkey also serves on the North America Advisory Board of UCD Michael Smurfit Business School. A recipient of numerous accolades, Sharkey has been awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the HeartShare Human Services ‘Man of the Year,’ the Lou Gehrig Humanitarian Award for ‘the Communication Independence for the Neurologically Impaired,’ and the St. Patrick’s Home Humanitarian Award. The grandson of Tyrone and Roscommon natives, Sharkey was born in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. He and his wife Helen have two children, Brian John and Jacqueline.

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William J. Ryan Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:16:04 +0000 Read more..]]> William J. Ryan is Chairman of the Board of TD Banknorth Inc. Until March of 2007, Ryan also held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer.

Ryan joined TD Banknorth in Portland, Maine in 1989. He turned the failing bank around, and over the past 19 years it has grown to become the 12th largest bank in America. In 2004 Forbes magazine picked TD Banknorth as the Best Managed Bank in America.

Ryan serves as a Director and Vice Chairman of TD Bank Financial Group, as well as the Group Head of U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking. He is a Director of WellPoint, Inc. and Unum Corporation, and serves as a Trustee of Colby College and the Libra Foundation. He is also on the Board of Advisors at the University of New England.
Ryan is a graduate of St. Francis College in New York and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
Ryan, a second-generation Irish-American, lives with his wife Peg and their four children in Falmouth, Maine.

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Kevin Ryan Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:15:09 +0000 Read more..]]> Kevin Ryan is CEO of AlleyCorp., a New York-based startup advisory network that includes Music Nation, Panther Express, Silicon Alley Insider and ShopWiki. Previously, from 1996-2005, first as President and later CEO, Ryan helped build DoubleClick from a startup of 20 people to a very profitable global leader with more than 1500 employees.
During his tenure, Silicon Alley Reporter named DoubleClick “New York Company of the Year” and he was named one of the “50 Most Influential Business People” by Crain’s New York Business.

Ryan was an early investor and board member of HotJobs, which was sold to Yahoo! in 2002. He is on the board of Human Rights Watch and is a member of the Insead International Council, Yale International Council and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Born in Milwaukee, Ryan, a fourth-generation Irish-American, traces his Irish roots to Counties Clare and Cork.
He received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Insead, and is married with three children.

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