Business 100 – 2013 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 Admiral Patrick Walsh Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:39:56 +0000 Read more..]]> Patrick Walsh is a retired career Navy pilot and commander and is the current president of strategic programs of the Dallas-based company Academic Partnerships. Within the last year, he has led the expansion of the company to bring more than 40 public and not-for-profit private university degree programs online. Important for Patrick, this means that 110 undergraduate and graduate degrees are now available to members of the active duty military.

In 2012, Patrick retired from his position as the 59th Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, after 35 years in service. In this last position, he led the U.S. military response to the 2011 earthquake in Japan, after which he was awarded the Grand Cordon – Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government. Prior to his command positions, Patrick was a Navy pilot with Carrier Air Wing One and flew with the Blue Angels. Patrick, whose ancestors come from Cork, values his Irish heritage as a source of shared pride with his wife, Andy, and their two children, Jennifer and Matthew.

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David J. Walsh Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:38:02 +0000 Read more..]]> David J. Walsh is president and CEO of the Amalgamated Family of Companies and is the CEO of Alico Services Corporation. Since taking on these leadership positions, David has introduced significant restructuring and improved both the infrastructure of Amalgamated and its national recognition and reach.

Born and raised in an Irish enclave in Iowa, he holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, master’s degrees from both Alaska Pacific University and Cornell, and a BA from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He is currently on the boards of the Life Insurance Council of New York, the Insurance Federation of New York, Medicare Rights Center Organization, the Sidney Hillman Foundation and New York City Technical College. He is also a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and the Northern Ireland Children’s Exchange.

Of his Irish heritage, David says “I am proud of our relentless intellectual curiosity, passion and perseverance, out music, literature, and culture.”

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Ruairi Twomey Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:37:22 +0000 Read more..]]> Cork City native Ruairi Twomey is vice president of marketing and innovation for the United States arm of Diageo Guinness, a role he has held since 2012. Ruairi has been with the Guinness company since starting out at the famed St. James Gate Brewery 13 years ago. In 2003, he became the marketing director for Guinness Canada and moved to Toronto. From there he progressed to Guinness Nigeria in Lagos, where he served as the vice president of marketing, until making the move to the New York City-based U.S. branch.

Ruairi says it has always meant a lot to him to be Irish throughout his travels and various global positions because he represents a portfolio that includes Irish brands – Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Kilkenny – in addition to other famous trademarks, such as Smirnoff Ice, Red Stripe and Parrot Bay. He credits his early days working at Dunnes Stores in Ireland with teaching him the work ethic and business ethos he’s carried with him across three continents.

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Tucker Tooley Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:36:59 +0000 Read more..]]> Tucker Tooley is the President of Relativity Media. He oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, business divisions, personnel, and its theatrical film slate. Since Tooley joined the company in 2007, the film division has earned numerous Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, and three of its releases have opened at No. 1 at the box office. Before joining Relativity, Tooley served as CEO of Tooley Productions. In 1999, he established Newman/Tooley Films, with then-producing partner Vincent Newman. Tooley began his film career as a creative executive at Interlight Pictures. He earned a B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“The Irish are some of the best story tellers in the world,” Tucker says. “Being of Irish heritage and in the entertainment business, I feel a sense of responsibility to tell stories that will enlighten and endure the test of time.”

Tucker is a fifth-generation Irish American with roots in Carrignamuck Knockamara, County Wicklow. He and his wife, Tessa, welcomed their first child last November.

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Neil Sweeney Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:35:52 +0000 Read more..]]> Neil Sweeney is the president and CEO of JUICE Mobile, a mobile marketing and technology firm he founded in 2010. JUICE Mobile has been recognized as Canada’s leading independent mobile firm and was awarded Canada’s Most Promising Digital Media Company at the 2012 Digi Awards. In 2011, the Digi Awards also named Neil Canada’s Top Digital Executive. This year, he was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in the Media and Entertainment category.

Born in Toronto, Neil has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh. At 12, he worked at a local water park with his cousin, an experience that developed his interest in business and appreciation for working with family.

“Irish heritage to me means supporting others, building bonds and being aggressive in the business world, says Neil, who is fifth-generation. Neil has excelled in the technology, media and entertainment industries for more than 15 years. He has also held senior positions with top publicly traded media companies in Canada such as CTV, Standard Broadcasting, CanWest Media, as well as venture-backed start-ups.

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Anne Sweeney Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:34:04 +0000 Read more..]]> Anne Sweeney is co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the DisneyABC Television Group. A leading industry figure, she has been named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune and one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes. Anne 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 the Matrix Award for television from New York Women in Communications, Inc.

Anne was elected director of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2001. In 2007, she was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She has received the Committee of 200’s Luminary Award, and in October of 2011 became the first female executive in history to receive MIPCOM’s Personality of the Year honor. Anne, who earned a BA from the College of New Rochelle and an EdM from Harvard, traces her roots to Meath, Kerry and Mayo.

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Brian W. Stack Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:33:58 +0000 Read more..]]> Brian W. Stack is managing director of CIE Tours International, one of the largest producers of tourists to Ireland, Scotland, and many other areas of Europe. 2013 marks the 82nd anniversary of CIE, and is also the company’s most successful year to date.

Prior to joining CIE, Brian worked with Aer Lingus, The Irish Tourist Board, and Ocean Reef Club in Florida. Brian has served as chairman of the United States Tour Operators Association, was president of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives, is vice chairman of the Irish American Cultural Institute and is president of the Ireland-U.S. Council for Commerce and Industry. His awards also 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, in addition to previously being honored in the Top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America.

A resident of Rye, New York, Brian is married to Anne-Marie and has two grown children. He is a Dublin native.

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Greg Smith Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:32:10 +0000 Read more..]]> Greg Smith is the chief creative officer of VIA, an award-winning advertising agency based in Portland, Maine. Since joining the company in 1999, Greg has worked with brands like Welch’s, Klondike, Samsung, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Perdue, Pepsi, and Sony, developing campaigns for print, tv, and online. Prior to joining VIA, Greg worked in the film industry in New York as an actor and then as a writer, director, and producer of independent films before shifting to the commercial industry. He is a graduate of Columbia University.

Greg is a second-generation Irish American whose grandparents emigrated from counties Kerry and Cork. When asked how he feels about his Irish heritage, Greg says he feels lucky to be part of a thriving community. But he also recognizes that there is “an ugly side of being Irish American.” He says, “growing up in the greater Boston area in the mid 1970s . . . it was very troubling to see all that I loved about being an Irish American on display in a negative way: the emotion overriding the rational; the confidence in who we are giving way to the fear of those we do not know; and the kindness in us giving into the violence.”

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Michael Sheehan Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:31:39 +0000 Read more..]]> Mike Sheehan is chairman of Hill Holliday, the 12th largest advertising agency in America. He served as CEO from 2003-2013.

Hill Holliday has an impressive catalogue of clients including Dunkin’ Donuts, Bank of America, Cadillac and Major League Baseball. Mike began his career as a copywriter, winning the One Show Gold award and a Cannes Lion at just 25, and in 1996 was named Adweek’s National Creative Director of the Year.

He attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated from Saint Anselm College in 1982 with a BA in English. In 2011, Saint Anselm awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Currently, he serves on the boards of ChoiceStream, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, Thayer Academy, and One Fund Boston, Inc. A second-generation Irish-American, Mike traces his ancestral roots to Castleisland, County Kerry on his father’s side and Glenfarne, County Leitrim on his mother’s. He is also a member of The American Ireland Fund. He lives in Norwell, Massachusetts with his wife, Maureen, and two children.

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Tim Ryan Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:30:00 +0000 Read more..]]> Tim Ryan is the vice president of global business development for the Pebble Beach Resorts company. Tim joined the company in 1990 as director of sales, having previously worked with Scottsdale Princess Resort and Westin Hotels. He led the corporate hospitality sales programs for the 2000 and 2010 U.S Open Golf Championships, the annual PGA Tour AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the Callaway Golf Invitational and Concours d’Elegance. He is the former executive in residence for the California Polytechnic State University and currently sits on the advisory board for the Great Golf Resorts of the World.

Tim attended Susquehanna University, receiving a BS in business administration. He is a fourth-generation Irish American with family descending from Cork on his father’s side. Tim says he loves “the energy of the Irish” and their welcoming attitudes. He is the father of two children, Noah and Grace.

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