Business 100 – 2018 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:06:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 Jennifer Weston Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:38:45 +0000 Read more..]]> Jennifer Weston joined Castle Brands in 2006, currently serving as on-premise sales manager for Metro-New York. Castle Brands, a developer and international marketers of premium and super premium beverage alcohol brands. Jennifer is part of the team responsible for driving the sales upwards of two million cases a year, globally.

With a focus on metro New York, Weston is solely responsible of influencing over 100 establishments to pour from the Castle Brands portfolio. A native New Yorker, her success stems from over 25 years in the hospitality industry where trust, relationships and strong values cement bonds for life. Jennifer’s passion in the industry goes back to her family’s business; she was often found behind the bar at her father’s restaurant Jimmy Weston’s, located in midtown for over two decades.

Jennifer, whose paternal grandparents live in Co. Roscommon, has also dedicated her time to volunteering with a number of charitable organizations, such as; supporting families dealing with pediatric cancer through the Francis Pope Memorial Foundation, and supporting those with Autism and other special needs through SNACK*. She currently resides in Long Island City, New York. ♦

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Jim Waldron Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:37:52 +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, an eDiscovery initiative,  at Duke Law School 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 attended St. Benedict’s Prep, earned his law degree from Rutgers Law School, and his B.A. from St. Vincent College.

Jim is a second-generation Irish American and the president of the County Mayo Foundation. The Foundation,  a tax exempt entity, raises funds in the US from Mayo diaspora which benefits over 30 Mayo-based charities.  “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 Jersey and have three children and one grandson. ♦

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Jim Summers Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:36:43 +0000 Read more..]]> Jim Summers is the president of Senior Market Sales, Inc. (SMS), a leading independent marketing organization in the insurance and financial services industry.  Under Jim’s leadership, SMS has grown to serve more than 50,000 independent agents and advisors, providing access to health and wealth solutions, technology and support that help agents better serve the growing retirement market. Jim has served on many industry committees and was honored as The Underwriter of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Health Underwriters in 2013.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Jim graduated from Rockhurst College with a degree in marketing. He served for over a decade as a key organizer of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Kansas City. “The best parade was the year my uncle Ben Teevan, born in Ireland, was the Grand Marshal of the parade,” he said. Jim’s mother was the first child in her family born in the U.S.. They hailed from County Cavan. His father’s family, from County Cork, moved to a small farm community in Missouri.

Jim and his wife Deb, live in Omaha, Nebraska. They have three married children and two grandchildren. ♦

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Ted Sullivan Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:35:05 +0000 Read more..]]> Ted Sullivan, is Head of Industry – Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment, and 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 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 as well as on the national board. He has served twice as parade chairman of the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 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. He 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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Bill Sullivan Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:34:00 +0000 Read more..]]>

Bill Sullivan is a Vice President at Capgemini and leads their global financial services market intelligence group.  He is responsible for the development of Capgemini’s thought leadership and oversees a team of strategy consultants and sector analysts who help Capgemini’s financial services clients across the globe address complex strategic issues.

Born in Walpole, 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, World Retail Banking Report, World Insurance Report, and World FinTech Report. He is globally acknowledged as a leading social influencer in financial services and has a strong following of over 22k on Twitter.  He serves on the Advisory Board of Ascent Private Capital Management (part of U.S. Bank) and was recently elected to the Supreme Council of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.

Bill is an avid golfer who 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 and two years in Paris, France (2005 to 2006). ♦

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Jack Stack Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:33:42 +0000 Read more..]]> Jack Stack has spent over 40 years in banking. He currently is the Supervisory Board Chairperson of Ceska Sporitelna, the largest bank in the Czech Republic, and also serves on the Boards of Ally Bank, Erste Bank (Austria), and Mutual of America Capital Management. Jack was CEO of Ceska Sporitelna from 2000 thru 2007, where he led a transformation of the bank, previously considered the worst bank in Central Europe (according to The Economist), to one of the best performing banks in Central Europe. Prior to Ceska Sporitelna, Jack spent 22 years at Chemical Bank and its successor, Chase.

Jack is Bronx born and graduated from All Hallows High School (where he serves on the Board), Iona College, and the Harvard Business School. He is first generation Irish American; his father was from Duagh, Co. Kerry and his mother from Derrygoolin, Co. Galway. Jack says his parents “taught me the value of hard work, education, and getting right back up when one fails.” He and his wife live in Manhattan; they have one grown daughter, Alanna, and three grandchildren, Asher, Nora and Luke. ♦

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T. Kelley Spillane Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:32:40 +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 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:31:37 +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 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:30:33 +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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Caroline Simmons-Mahon Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:29:30 +0000 Read more..]]> Caroline Simmons-Mahon is an on-premise sales manager for Castle Brands, a leading New York-based distributor of spirits with a large portfolio of Irish brands including Knappogue Castle Irish Single Malt, Clontarf Irish Whiskey and Boru Irish Vodka.

Prior to joining Castle Brands, Caroline established a career in the restaurant industry working in a variety of roles at eateries across Manhattan including The Carriage House, which she co-owned with her husband Richie Mahon.

Originally a native of Thurles, County Tipperary, Caroline was brought up in Rathgar, County Dublin where she began her career at Aer Lingus, the nation’s national airline. She is passionately involved in the Irish-American community in New York, and sits on the advisory board of the Irish Business Organization, and is an active member of the Dublin Society, a networking group based in NYC. She is also an avid supporter of many charitable organizations in particular Self Help Africa and Concern Worldwide, both of which hold a place in the hearts of many Irish people living on this side of the Atlantic. ♦

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