Wall Street 50 – 2008 – Irish America https://irishamerica.com Irish America Magazine Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 82361074 Maureen White https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/maureen-white/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/maureen-white/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:16:41 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=9362 Read more..]]> Maureen White takes her Irish heritage very seriously– she’s helping to build a new Irish-American Cultural Center in New York City. White, who is Chairman of the Board of Overseers of The International Rescue Committee (IRC),  has been active with a number of organizations which focused on international humanitarian issues. But her Irish roots are very close to her heart, and so is her husband, financier Steven Rattner, who is supportive of her efforts.  The couple recently opened their home on Fifth Avenue, New York City, for a fundraising event for the Irish-American Center with actor Gabriel Byrne, who is also on board on the project, serving as the special guest.

White was also a guest speaker at the Irish-American Forum in New York last November – she spoke on philanthropy. A third-generation Irish-American with roots in Cork and Kilkenny, she served as National Finance Chair of the Hillary Clinton for President campaign, and was the National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee for five years. She also had a career in international economic research, working with the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London and the Nomura Research Institute in Tokyo, and First Boston Corporation and Globe Finlay International.

White, who received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and her MSc from the London School of Economics, is currently on the Board of the International Women’s Health Coalition and the Chatham House Foundation.  She and husband Steven, have four children.

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James Sweeney https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/james-sweeney/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/james-sweeney/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:14:57 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=9356 Read more..]]> James Sweeney is Regional Vice President of the Broker/Dealer Division of MFS Fund Distributors, Inc. with responsibility for the New York City area.

Sweeney joined MFS in 1997 from Smith Barney, Inc., where he had held positions as Divisional Sales Director and Senior Sales Director of Mutual Funds since 1991. Prior to that he held sales management positions in the Direct Investments Department of Shearson Lehman Brothers, and from 1981 to 1986 he worked for Prudential-Bache Securities in the Direct Investment and Legal Departments. Sweeney began his career as an attorney in New York City. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and New York University School of Law.
A second-generation Irish-American, Sweeney says: “The history of the Irish teaches us that adversity can be overcome with a positive attitude, hard work and a sense of humor.” His father’s family is from County Mayo, his mother’s from County Clare.

A native of Queens, Sweeney is married with two children.

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Brian Sweeney https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/brian-sweeney-2/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/brian-sweeney-2/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:13:41 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=9354 Read more..]]> Brian Sweeney is a Managing Director of Marco Polo Network, a financial services firm with a specialized focus on emerging markets.  Sweeney was one of the founding members of the company, which was established in New York City in 2001. With offices across the major emerging markets, Marco Polo Network is one of the fastest growing platforms capitalizing on global demand for emerging market investments and the growth of new marketplaces across the globe. Sweeney, who has over 15 years experience in trading and operations,  is responsible for client strategy and sales of equities, futures and fixed income to Quant Funds and Proprietary Trading Desks in Europe and the USA.  He began his career at Citigroup before becoming an options specialist on the NYSE floor, and developed his emerging markets expertise while at the Standard Bank of South Africa.

A Dublin native, Sweeney was educated at Terenure College and University College of Dublin, where he received a B.A. in Economics and English. He resides in New York City with his wife, Fabienne and two children, Liam and Xavier.

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Sharon Sager https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/sharon-sager-2/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/sharon-sager-2/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:12:53 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=9352 Read more..]]> Sharon Sager, Senior Vice President, Investments, is a Private Wealth Advisor at UBS Financial Services Inc.  A 25-year veteran of the financial securities industry, Sharon previously worked in the textile industry. She graduated from the College of Mount St. Vincent, Riverdale, New York, with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. Later, she obtained the Certified Investment Analyst (CIMA) degree from the Investment Management Consultants Association. In 1983, she began her financial career at Kidder Peabody & Co., which merged with Paine Webber in 1995 and UBS in 2000. Sager is a member of the board of directors of C-CAP (Careers Through Culinary Arts Program), former co-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Venture Fund, a not-for-profit micro lender, and served in the President’s Circle of the James Beard Foundation. In 2006, 2007  and 2008 Sager was named one of Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors. Sager is a second-generation Irish-American and, true to her roots, she holds membership in the Irish Georgian Society and the New York Irish History Roundtable. Her father’s family  the O’Tooles are from County Galway, while her mother’s, the Carrolls, hail from County Cork.

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Thomas Ryan https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/thomas-ryan/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/thomas-ryan/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:11:43 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=9349 Read more..]]> Thomas Ryan is Managing Director and Regional Head of the Americas for the Financial Engineering Group at ING Capital based in New York. He is the youngest managing director in ING Capital and under his leadership the group has grown to be the largest revenue-generator for ING Capital in the region.

Ryan joined ING 14 years ago after a short period at NCB Stockbrokers in Dublin.  He moved to New York in November of 2001 to help develop the Financial Engineering business for ING in the U.S. and was made regional head of the group in 2003.
Ryan has a degree in Business Studies from the University of Limerick and received a master’s of science in Economics from the Center for Economic Research in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Since coming to New York as a student many years ago, Ryan is fulfilling a dream by working in the finance sector with ING.

A member of The American Ireland Fund, Ryan is also on the advisory committees of the SDLP USA and the University of Limerick Foundation. He lives in New York with his wife Dawn and their daughter Alice, born in March 2008.

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Arthur Ryan https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/arthur-ryan/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/arthur-ryan/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:10:24 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=9345 Read more..]]> After 14 years as Chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc., one of the largest diversified financial institutions in the world, Arthur F. Ryan is retiring. When Ryan took the position in 1994, he became the first Chairman and CEO in the company’s history to be elected from outside the company.

Prior to joining Prudential Financial, Ryan was President and COO of Chase Manhattan Bank. Ryan was named chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers in October 2003. He is alsoco-chair of the New Jersey PerformingArts Center.

Ryan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the board of trustees of New York Presbyterian Hospital, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He serves as co-chair of the board of Achieve, Inc., an organization created by U.S. governors and business leaders to promote high academic standards for public schools in the U.S.

Ryan, who graduated from Providence College with a degree in mathematics, is a second-generation Irish-American whose family hails from County Tipperary. He is married with four children.

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Brian Ruane https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/brian-ruane-4/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/brian-ruane-4/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:09:37 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=9343 Read more..]]> Brian Ruane is Executive Vice President and Head of Financial Institutions at The Bank of New York Mellon. He is responsible for relationships and business development for Broker/Dealers, Banks and Hedge Funds globally. Ruane also sits on the Board of Pershing LLC, the bank’s NYSE Broker/Dealer and BNY Mellon Financial Services PLC, the bank’s Irish domiciled bank.

Ruane graduated from Colaiste Eanna in Dublin in 1982. In 1989, he graduated from The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in the U.K. and Ireland. In 1995, he received his MBA from The Zarb School of Business, New York, and in 2004, he was asked to sit on The Federal Reserve’s Working Committee on the Future of the U.S. Treasury Market. His father comes from Crossmolina, County Mayo and his mother is from Drumhaldry, County Longford. He and wife Anna Lynch, who is from Dublin, live in New York with their four children.

Ruane sits on the advisory boards of the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business, Dublin, and the Zarb School of Business, New York.

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Steven Rattner https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/steven-rattner/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/steven-rattner/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:09:36 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=9359 Read more..]]> Steven Rattner is Managing Principal of Quadrangle Group LLC, a private investment firm with more than $6 billion of assets under management. Quadrangle invests in media and communications companies through separate private and public investment strategies and across all asset classes through its asset management business. Quadrangle has offices in New York, London and Silicon Valley and will be opening an office later this year in Hong Kong.  Prior to the formation of Quadrangle in March 2000,  Rattner served as Deputy Chairman and Deputy CEO of Lazard Frères & Co.  In addition to his management responsibilities, Rattner founded the firm’s Media and Communications Group and was involved in many of the largest and most important transactions in the industry. Rattner received his BA in economics from Brown and was later awarded the Harvey Baker Fellowship.  He is a former Chairman of thirteen.org and is also a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an Honorary Trustee of the Brookings Institution.

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John T. O’Neal https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/john-t-oneal/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/john-t-oneal/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:08:41 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=9340 Read more..]]> As vice president of DST Systems, Inc., and president of DST Securities, Inc., John  O’Neal developed the most widely used mutual fund accounting system in the country, the DST Portfolio Accounting System (PAS). And after 30 years with DST, he continues to work in business development and special projects.

O’Neal, who holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and retired from the Missouri Army National Guard in 1992 as a Lt. Colonel, continues to research his Irish ancestors who emigrated in the 1790s. He supports various Irish organizations including the Irish Museum and Cultural Center of Kansas City, and the Celtic Fringe of Kansas City.

In 2006, O’Neal was honored with the Greater Kansas City Irish Unification Award by the AOH of Kansas City for his work improving communications between various Irish organizations.

O’Neal currently resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife. He is dedicated to ensuring that his two children and three grandchildren know and celebrate their Irish heritage.

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Ciaran O’Kelly https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/ciaran-okelly/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/04/ciaran-okelly/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:07:05 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=9335 Read more..]]> Ciaran O’Kelly is Head of Global Equities at Bank of America, with responsibility for cash and derivatives sales and trading, institutional sales, electronic trading, NYSE Specialist, prime brokerage and equity capital markets.

O’Kelly joined Bank of America in 2002 as Head of Equity Trading, with a mandate to significantly grow the firm’s Global Equities business.  During his tenure at the firm, he has held leadership roles across Markets and Banking, including Head of U.S. Equities and Head of Equity Capital Markets.

Prior to joining Bank of America, he worked at Citigroup /Smith Barney for 11 years, most recently as Head of Equity Trading from 2000 to 2002. O’Kelly, who received a Bachelor of Business Studies from Dublin City University in 1989, is a member of New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House and The American Ireland Fund (AIF). He has served on the chairman’s committee for the annual AIF New York gala for seven years. O’Kelly lives in Manhattan with his wife Lisa and their three sons.

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