Business 100 – 2015 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 Brian Wynne Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:40:29 +0000 Read more..]]> Brian Wynne is president of NBTY Americas and CEO of its U.S. subsidiary, United States Nutrition, Inc. Brian earned a B.A. from Villanova University. He also has management certificates from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern, Columbia, and the University of Michigan. He served for ten years on the board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation until his departure in December, 2014. He currently serves on the Villanova University President’s Council.

Brian is second-generation Irish with roots in Longford and Roscommon. His Father’s side of the family, including his grandfather, grandmother, and all their children, were all New York City Police officers.

“Being of Irish heritage has always been important to me and my family.” says Brian, “Celebrating our heritage at the Pearl River, NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade is always a highlight of our year.”

He is a former member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and with his wife Noreen has three children, Shannon, Matt, and Allie. Shannon, their oldest, is just returning from studying abroad in Galway and Brian is “happy to see our heritage passed down to our three children.”

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David J. Walsh Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:39:17 +0000 Read more..]]> David J. Wash is president and CEO of the Amalgamated Family of Companies and is the CEO of Alico Services Corporation. David significantly restructured and improved Amalgamated, its national recognition and reach and first class customer service.

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 University, and a B.A. from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He is the Chairman-Elect of the Life Insurance Council of New York and is on the boards of the Insurance Federation of New York, the Sidney Hillman Foundation and the College of Mount St. Vincent and Iona Prep. 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, our music, literature and culture.”

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Anne Sweeney Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:38:58 +0000 Read more..]]> Anne Sweeney is former co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, having left her post earlier this year to pursue a career in television directing. A leading industry figure, she was 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. Anne, who earned a B.A. from the College of New Rochelle and an Ed.M. from Harvard, traces her roots to Meath, Kerry, and Mayo.


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Ted M. Sullivan Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:37:48 +0000 Read more..]]> Ted M. Sullivan is a Co-Founder and the Chief Customer Officer of dRSTi360, a company that services multinational Fortune 500 clients within the entertainment and media industry. Prior to this role, he was an IBM executive and managing director within KPMG’s Entertain-ment and Media Practice with more than 18 years experience focusing on strategy and operational consulting.

Ted traces his mother’s ancestors to Co. Tyrone, and his father’s to Co. 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 accounting and finance from Troy State University.

Ted resides in Atlanta and enjoys spending time on the golf course with his daughter, Mary Lois.


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Brian W. Stack Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:36:33 +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 marked the 82nd anniversary of CIE, and was also the company’s most successful year to date. He was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2014.

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, NY, Brian is married to Anne-Marie and has two grown children with five grandchildren. He is a Dublin native.

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T. Kelley Spillane Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:35:57 +0000 Read more..]]> T. Kelley Spillane is senior vice president of Global Sales at Castle Brands Inc. He joined Castle Brands during its start up and has been an integral part in the company’s substantial domestic and international growth. Prior to CBI, Kelley was with Carillon Importers Ltd., where he was instrumental in the development of Absolut Vodka and the launch of Bombay Sapphire Gin.

Kelley takes enormous pride in his Irish heritage and notes, “The company I helped start was primarily focused on Irish products and they represent today a significant portion of our overall sales.” He says that growing up in an Irish Catholic home with 11 brothers and sisters “made for an extraordinary experience and has provided my children a wonderful extended family to form bonds with. As I grow older, I look forward to making contributions to the Irish community at large that will advance opportunity and strengthen bonds between our two countries.”

Spillane is third-generation Irish with his father’s family originating in Ballyspillane, Co. Kerry, while his mother’s family comes out of Ballyferriter in Dingle.


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Margaret Mary Smyth Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:34:34 +0000 Read more..]]> Margaret Mary Smyth is CFO for National Grid U.S., one of the world’s largest publicly owned utilities. She is responsible for all finance, accounting, transactional, and regulatory and pricing activities, and leads over 1,400 finance and shared services professionals. She is also a trustee for the Irish non-profit, Concern Worldwide.

Peggy’s paternal ancestors come from Sligo while the maternal side hails from Leitrim. Her in-laws are also immigrants from Leitrim and Roscommon. Peggy, her husband, and her two sons have dual citizenship. They own her mother-in-law’s family home in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon, to which they travel every year.

Peggy says that her Irish heritage is an integral part of who she is, and she suspects she is one of the few honorees who knows what the expression “hairy engine” means.

“I’ve been surrounded by my Irish heritage my entire life. My maternal grandparents lived on the second floor of my parents’ two family house in the Rockaways,” she says. “My Irish heritage suffused my upbringing, shaped my values and is a fundamental aspect of my family’s identity and shared experiences.”

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Peggy Smith Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:33:23 +0000 Read more..]]> Peggy Smith is a co-founder of Cowgirl Creamery, based in Point Reyes, California, along with Sue Conley (also featured on this list).

Born in Texas and raised in northern Virginia, Peggy attended the University of Tennessee (where she and Sue met), and began her cooking career in the food business at Gallagher’s Pub in Washington, D.C.

Peggy proudly names the Lanings of County Cork as Irish ancestors and credits them for her love of folk music – She often joined the open mic sessions at Gallagher’s Irish Pub, in D.C. After a cross-country road trip landed her in San Francisco in 1976, Peggy honed her cooking skills at numerous Bay area establishments, including Noe Valley Bar and Grill, Mount View Hotel, and eventually Chez Panisse, where she stayed until going into business with Sue in 1997 when they began producing cheese in a salvaged 200 gallon cottage cheese vat. Today, Cowgirl Creamery now operates a cheese distribution company, two retail shops and two cheese production facilities and work with a staff of 100 people to produce and distribute artisan and farmstead cheese.

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Anita Sands Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:32:17 +0000 Read more..]]> Dr. Anita Sands is currently a Board Director of three Silicon Valley public companies – Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and serves as an advisor to Grand Central Tech, a leading NYC technology incubator where she mentors startup tech companies.

Dr. Sands is from Co. Louth, and proud to be a part of the Irish diaspora which she considers a national treasure. In that regard, she believes that “Ireland’s great balance is off the books, in our ability to connect and in the value of our connections.” On four occasions she has been invited by the Taoiseach to participate in the Global Irish Economic forum, and is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion. She earned both her Ph.D. in atomic and molecular physics and bachelor’s in physics & applied math from Queen’s University Belfast. She earned her M.S. in public policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum, the New York Women’s Forum, and a mentor for W.O.M.E.N. in America – an organization that enables women to fulfill their maximum potential in their chosen profession.

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Matthew Ryan Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:31:12 +0000 Read more..]]> Matthew Ryan is global chief strategy officer for Starbucks. In this role, he has responsibility for Starbucks long-term strategic planning process, identifying new avenues for growth, advancing the company’s data analytics and customer insight capabilities, and strengthening the company’s fast-growing customer relationship management and loyalty capabilities. Matt also serves on the company’s Operations Leadership Team, which is responsible for overseeing how company strategies successfully translate to operating plans. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history and literature.

Matthew was born fifth-generation Irish in Buffalo, NY, and though his family has been in the U.S. for generations says, “When I visit Ireland, I feel right at home, connected to the people, the land, and the spirit of the place.” He also says he owes Ireland for his sense of humor. Matthew is further connected to Ireland through his husband, Thomas, who by mere coincidence has the same surname. His husband is second-generation Irish and is applying for an Irish passport.


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