Business 100 – 2017 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 David J. Walsh Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:39:04 +0000 Read more..]]> David J. Walsh is president and CEO of 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, David served in senior executive positions at AIG and Swiss Re. He 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, and 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, “I am proud of our relentless intellectual curiosity, passion and perseverance, our music, literature and culture.”

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Jim Waldron Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:38:42 +0000 Read more..]]> As a senior advisor at Prime Clerk, Jim Waldron cultivates client relationships, communicates regularly with the bankruptcy community, and assists with the development of marketing strategies. He is also the director of EDRM at Duke Law and previously served for three decades as the Clerk of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. A Newark native, he earned his law degree from Rutgers and his B.A. from St. Vincent.

Jim is a second-generation Irish American and the president of the County Mayo Foundation. “All four grandparents immigrated from County Mayo. When they came over they were policeman and laborers,” he says. “My father’s mother lived with us for the last 10 years of her life and embodied all the qualities of a strong Irish woman – faith, love, endurance, and commitment. My father went to engineering school at night and my mother got her master’s from Columbia University. We were taught to be proud of our heritage.”

He and his wife, Kathleen, live in New York and have three children and one grandson.


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Ted M. Sullivan Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:37:55 +0000 Read more..]]> Ted M. Sullivan is a global client partner at SAP America’s consulting practice, serving over 300,000 customers in 190 countries. With more than 18 years of experience focusing on strategy and operational consulting, Ted previously held executive positions at dRSTi360, which he co-founded, IBM, and KPMG.

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 as well as on the national board. 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. He also serves on the boards of Wildlife Aviation Group and Adaptive Learning Center. 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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Caroline Sullivan Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:36:26 +0000 Read more..]]> Caroline Sullivan is a managing director and global banking controller for Bank of America. Based in New York, Caroline joined the company in 2011 as the controller for Bank of America’s main broker dealer. Previously, she spent six years at Morgan Stanley, where she held a variety of controllership roles in New York and Hong Kong, and before that held positions at Allied Irish Banks in New York and EY, where she began her accounting career. She is also a U.S. board member of Children’s Medical Research Foundation and an active member of Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee.

Caroline is a certified public accountant and holds an M.B.A. from Seton Hall University and a bachelor’s in primary teacher education from St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. Born in Dublin to a Kilkenny father and Donegal mother, Caroline immigrated to the U.S. in 1989 and became a U.S. citizen in 2004 when her third American child was born.

She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jay, sons, Peter and Michael, and daughter, Anna.

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Bill Sullivan Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:35:01 +0000 Read more..]]> Bill Sullivan is the global head of Capgemini’s financial services market intelligence group, responsible for Capgemini’s global portfolio of financial services and overseeing a team of strategy consultants and sector analysts to help Capgemini’s financial services clients across the globe address complex strategic issues.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bill attended Tufts University and graduated with a B.S. double major in economics and psychology. Over the past two decades, he has overseen the development of some of the industry’s most recognized thought leadership, including the World Wealth Report, Asia-Pacific Wealth Report, World Retail Banking Report, and World Insurance Report. He was recently named to the Financial Brand’s FinServ25 Most Influential Voices in Banking and serves on the panel of judges for the PWM/The Banker Global Private Banking Awards.

Bill currently resides in Virginia with his wife and two daughters, after a period between 2009 and 2012 in which the family made their home in the city of Hyderabad, India, where he ran Capgemini’s marking intelligence team.

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Kelley Spillane Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:34:13 +0000 Read more..]]> Kelley Spillane is senior vice president of global sales at Castle Brands. He joined Castle Brands during its start-up and has been an integral part in the company’s substantial domestic and international growth. Previously, Kelley was with Carillon Importers, 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, noting, “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 American with his father’s family originating in Bally-spillane, County Kerry, while his mother’s family comes out of Ballyferriter in Dingle.

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Kathryn Spain Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:33:30 +0000 Read more..]]> Kathryn Spain is the head of European equity sales in North America for Credit Suisse. Currently based in New York, she previously managed the international distribution platform for the Western U.S. out of San Francisco for 12 years. Prior to Credit Suisse, she held positions with Investec Asset Management, Barings Asset Management, and Bank of Ireland.

“At a time when the European and Irish economy are really coming into their own, I am proud of being able to represent a European bank known for excellence in research in the North American markets,” she says.

Born in Dublin and a graduate of University College Dublin, Kathryn has worked in the U.S. for over two decades. “I have found that being Irish has been a real door opener in life and business,” she says. “There is a real trust in Irish people that is very special.” Her surname comes from the Spanish armada that shipwrecked off the west coast of Ireland in 1588.

She and her husband, Tom, live in New York with their three children, Emily, Cara, and Laurel.

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Alfred J. Small Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:32:30 +0000 Read more..]]> Alfred J. Small is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Castle Brands, 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 in its growth over the subsequent years. Previously, he was a practicing accountant at Grodsky, Caporrino & Kaufman. He is a certified public accountant and holds a B.S. from the State University of New York.

A fourth-generation Irish American on both sides of his family, Alfred traces his father’s lineage back to County Tipperary, and his mother’s to County 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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Eileen Scully Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:31:57 +0000 Read more..]]> In July 2015, Eileen Scully launched The Rising Tides to advise organizations on making their workplaces more equal for female employees, establishing a business culture that supports their professional and personal lives. This spring, she will publish her first book, In the Company of Men: How Women can Succeed in a World Built Without Them, showcasing the stories of women who have had remarkable success in male-dominated spaces and are widening the path for other women.

Born in Connecticut, Eileen had always been aware that she was adopted and of Irish stock, but did not learn that she was a first-generation Irish American until, pregnant with her own daughter, she sought out the medical information of her birth parents. “My first trip to Ireland was in 1984 and I felt a strong connection to the country. It made perfect sense later, when I learned of my lineage,” she says. Her daughter, Kathleen Erin, now lives in London.

Eileen, who attended Hofstra University and lives in Massachusetts, is also active on the boards of the Get In Touch Foundation and the Innovadores Foundation.



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John Saunders Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:30:30 +0000 Read more..]]> John Saunders is president and CEO of public relations giant FleishmanHillard and was Irish America’s 2016 Business 100 keynote speaker. Saunders began his career as a journalist at RTÉ. In 1990, he founded FleishmanHillard Saunders and helped it develop into Ireland’s largest and most successful public relations consultancy, earning more awards than any other firm during his tenure. Prior to his appointment as president and CEO of FleishmanHillard, he served as regional president for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for four years.

Saunders is only the fourth individual to hold his current title in FleishmanHillard’s 70-year history. In 2007, he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Public Relations Institution of Ireland and was inducted into the ICCO Hall of Fame in 2011.

A native of Dublin, Saunders has been married to his wife, Jean, for 36 years. Together they have three children, Colin, Caroline, and Hannah, and one granddaughter, Matilda. He currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and this year was grand marshal of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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