Business 100 – 2016 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Sat, 20 Jul 2019 03:40:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 David J. Walsh Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:40:04 +0000 Read more..]]> David J. Wash is president and CEO of the Amalgamated Life Insurance Company, CEO of Alico Services Corporation, and oversees operations for the entire Amalgamated Family of Companies. His leadership team is credited with improving the organization’s infrastructure and expanding its offerings and national footprint. Previously, he served in senior executive positions at AIG and Swiss Re and also served as director of Insurance and director of International Trade for the State of Alaska.

Walsh earned a master’s degree in professional studies, industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.B.A. from Alaska Pacific University, and a bachelor’s in psychology from Loras College. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. from University College Dublin.

Born and raised in an Irish enclave in Iowa, and a proud member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and the Northern Ireland Children’s Exchange, Walsh says of his heritage, “I am proud of our relentless intellectual curiosity, passion and perseverance, our music, literature and culture.”

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Niall Wall Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:39:10 +0000 Read more..]]> Niall Wall is the senior vice president of business development and platform sales at Box, a company devoted to online file sharing and content management for businesses. In the last two years, the company went public on the New York Stock Exchange, a process in which Niall was instrumental. Prior to joining Box, he held senior leadership roles Symantec, Oracle, and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Niall, who was born in Ireland, has relatives in counties Mayo and Antrim and knows that his family arrived in the country in 1169 as the De Bhailis clan. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the National University of Ireland Galway, and began his career as a sales representative for Guinness. “Growing up in Ireland and now living and working in the U.S. has given me the unique ability to think globally and with a broad perspective while maintaining both confidence and humility in my day-to-day life,” Niall says.

Currently based in Redwood City, California, Niall is married to Sheila Capero and has two sons, Shane and Aidan.

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Daniel Waldron Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:38:28 +0000 Read more..]]> Daniel Waldron is a Galway-born inter-dealer broker and initial investor in and co-founder of the bespoke tailoring label Alexander Nash, based in New York. The company, founded in 2011 by Waldron and tailor Alex Summer, now has over 175 clients and is worn by the New York Knicks, Instagram giant Iman Shumpert, model Tyson Beckford, and Irish golfer Rory McIlroy.

Waldron, whose background is in event management and finance, was one of Summer’s first clients (the two met at the Marquee nightclub in New York where Summer was working security) and soon after they opened the first studio in Chelsea. The company now employs five people, including three full-time tailors. And, while suits will cost at minimum about $3,500, all the materials are from New York fabric stores, while the wools come from Italy, England, or Australia.

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Gemma Toner Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:37:28 +0000 Read more..]]> Gemma Toner is a media and telecommunications leader driving innovation at the intersection of big data, technology, and digital media and holds a patent for the “System and Method for Set Top Box Viewing Data,” which enables the use of set top box data to measure audience viewing patterns.

Gemma is the founder and CEO of ChartOne Media, an OTT platform, data, and content company. She also serves on the boards of Sandvine, which provides network management hardware and software for fixed, mobile, and converged networks, and Concern Worldwide U.S.

Previously, Gemma delivered groundbreaking, first-to-market cable industry products at Cablevision, including Optimum Online and Optimum WiFi. She also helped AMC Networks drive network distribution and develop multi-platform content for emerging distribution platforms. and has been a past chairperson for the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing.

Gemma credits her pioneering spirit to her Irish immigrant parents, who achieved their American dream through hard work, grit, faith, and the unwavering support of the Irish American community.

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Ted M. Sullivan Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:36:06 +0000 Read more..]]> Ted M. Sullivan is a global client partner at SAP Americas Consulting Practice, serving over 300,000 customers in 190 countries. Prior to this role, he was co-founder and chief customer officer of dRSTi360, an IBM executive, and managing director within KPMG’s Entertainment and Media Practice with more than 18 years of 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 Northern Ireland, where he has participated in various political forums.

Ted holds a B.S. in accounting and finance from Troy State University and currently lives in Atlanta. He enjoys playing golf with his daughter, Mary Lois.

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Joe Sullivan Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:35:30 +0000 Read more..]]> As chief security officer at Uber, Joe Sullivan oversees all aspects of information security and safety for the company. Previously, he was chief security officer at Facebook. He has also held security and legal positions at PayPal and eBay, and has been active with the National Cyber Security Alliance and Bay Area CSO Council. Prior to that, he spent eight years with the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as a federal cyber crime prosecutor.

Joe’s paternal great-grandparents emigrated separately from Ireland, meeting around 1900 in Boston and beginning a new life together. His O’Sullivan relatives remain in Milltown, Co. Kerry, and, he says, “were not happy the ‘O’

didn’t make the trip across the Atlantic!” As newlyweds, Joe and his wife, Suzanne, paid them a visit. “My cousin plays the Irish pipes and we were graced with front-row seats and a honeymoon toast at his band’s performance in the Fishery Pub.”

Born in Vermont, Joe obtained his B.A. from Providence College and his J.D. from the University of Miami. He and his wife, Suzanne, have three daughters, Bridget, Celia, and Audrey.

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Annalise Stack Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:34:25 +0000 Read more..]]> Annalise Stack is a native of County Dublin. She manages Business Development in the United States and Canada for FEXCO, which operates in 29 countries and is Ireland’s most successful multinational payments, financial, and business solutions provider. Annalise supports the company’s premier tax-free product, the Horizon card. Working with tour operators and travel agents across the country, she ensures that all non-E.U. tourists to Ireland have the ability to claim their VAT taxes. She is based is New York but works closely with the corporate head office in County Kerry.

Prior to this role, Annalise was a business analyst at the global corporate office of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. She holds a Master of Business Administration in sustainability, a bachelor’s degree in English, and a LEED designation.

Annalise has strong roots in Dublin and returns as often as possible with her husband and three daughters.

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Brian W. Stack Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:34:02 +0000 Read more..]]> Brian W. Stack is president of the Ireland-U.S. Council and president emeritus of CIE Tours International, one of the largest producers of tourists to Ireland, Scotland, and many other areas of Europe. This year is the 85th anniversary of the company. 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, and is currently vice chairman of the Irish American Cultural Institute. 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 with five grandchildren. He is a Dublin native.

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T. Kelley Spillane Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:32:05 +0000 Read more..]]> 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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Alfred J. Small Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:31:40 +0000 Read more..]]> Alfred J. Small is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Castle Brands, Inc., a producer, marketer, and distributor of spirits with a strong portfolio of Irish brands, such as Clontarf Whiskey, Boru Irish Vodka, and Brady’s Irish Cream. He has over fifteen years of experience in finance, operations, and compliance in the spirits industry.

Alfred joined Castle Brands during its early stages in 2004, playing a critical role in taking the company public and its growth over the subsequent years. Previously, he was a practicing accountant at Grodsky Caporrino & Kaufman, LLP. He is a CPA and holds a B.S. from the State University of New York.

He is a fourth-generation Irish American on both sides of his family. His father’s lineage traces back to Co. Tipperary, and his mother’s to Co. Clare. “Growing up in a family proud of its Irish heritage provided me with the work ethic, charity, loyalty and humor to meet all challenges head-on,” he says.

Alfred lives on Long Island with his wife, Joanna. They have four children, Alfred, Matthew, Gabriella, and Giovanna.

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