Wall Street 50 – 2014 – 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 Tom Troy https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/tom-troy/ https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/tom-troy/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:49:39 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=19974 Read more..]]> Tom Troy is the head of Capital Markets and Sales for UBS Wealth Management Americas. A member of the UBS Wealth Management Americas Executive Committee, Tom has spent more than 30 years in the finance. Before joining UBS, his career included 20 years in Institutional Equity Capital Markets at Merrill Lynch.

Tom is actively involved in community service and is proud of UBS’s commitment to corporate responsibility. He sits on the boards of St. Ignatius School in the Bronx; the Center for Global Collaboration and Health Initiatives, which promotes emergency healthcare services to Southeast Asia and Africa; and the First Aid Squad of Summit, NJ.

Tom holds a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross and an M.B.A. from NYU. Prior to his career in financial services, he worked as a hot tar roofer. This, combined with his Irish genes, “ensured I would always be the most freckled person at any gathering,” says the first-generation Irish American.

“My grandparents were Irish, my parents were Irish, I am Irish, my sons are Irish, the Troys will always be Irish.” His roots are in Cork on his mother Rita’s side and Mayo on his father Tom Sr.’s side.

Born in New York City, Tom now lives across the Hudson with his wife Kim and their four sons, Sean, Connor, Eamon, and Ryan.

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John Scully https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/john-scully/ https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/john-scully/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:48:34 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=19971 Read more..]]> John Scully is senior vice president of Nuveen Investments where he responsible for marketing Nuveen’s investment solutions to institutional and ultra-nigh net worth investors. He has over 20 years experience in the investment world, having previously worked at Evergreen Investments, MFS Investment, and Grantham, Mayo, and Van Otterloo before joining Nuveen in 2010.

A fourth-generation Irish American, John’s roots lie in Tipperary and Cork on his father’s side and English and Irish ancestry on his mother’s side that date back to 1637 when his forebears arrived in America. The quote that encapsulates what being Irish means to John is “Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?,” a saying he picked up from his grandfather and which he says “always makes me think of the Irish immigrants like my family that took the risk to come to America to build a better life for their families.”

John is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and holds an M.B.A. from Babson College. He and his wife Hadley have two children, Charlotte and Jack.

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Sharon T. Sager https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/sharon-t-sager-5/ https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/sharon-t-sager-5/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:47:19 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=19969 Read more..]]> Sharon T. Sager is a managing director and private wealth advisor at UBS Private Wealth Management. A CIMA, she began her career in financial services in 1983 with Kidder Peabody & Co., which was acquired by Paine Webber Inc. and then by UBS. Barron’s has named her to its Top 100 Women Financial Advisors each year since its inception in 2006, and she was recently featured in Barron’s “Best Advice” column. Sharon was also most recently named to the 2014 Financial Times Top 400 Advisors.

A native New Yorker, Sharon earned a B.A. from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Her father’s family, the O’Tooles, are from Galway, and her mother’s family, the Carrolls, hail from Cork. She and her husband, Loring Swasey, live in Manhattan and Remsenburg, Long Island. She is co-chairman of the Overseers for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, secretary of the board for Careers Through Culinary Arts, a member of The Economic Club of New York and the Financial Women’s Association, and was a mentor with the CEO-UBS Small Business Advisory Program.

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Ronan Ryan https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/ronan-ryan/ https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/ronan-ryan/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:46:40 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=19966 Read more..]]> Ronan Ryan is the chief strategy officer for the IEX Group, an equity trading venue, and was part of the team that co-founded the company. A graduate of Fairfield University with a degree in international studies, he has over 17 years’ experience in networking infrastructure. He was the head of Financial Services Development at Switch and Data before moving to RBC Capital Markets where he became head of Electronic Trading Strategy, and was instrumental in developing THOR, RBC’s award-winning trading technology.

Ronan and his parents are all natives of Dublin. He moved to America in 1990 at age 16 and gets a lot of his business initiative from his Irish heritage, as exemplified by the saying, “to be Irish is to be innovative.”

He and IEX made headlines earlier this year when they were featured prominently in Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. Articles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, interviews with BBC and a feature on “60 Minutes” all highlighted the success of Ronan’s start-up stock market, which plans to become a registered exchange in 2015.

Ronan and his wife Kara have two children, Emma and Jack.

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Brian Ruane https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/brian-ruane-8/ https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/brian-ruane-8/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:45:47 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=19964 Read more..]]> Brian Ruane is an Executive vice president at BNY Mellon, a member of the Executive Committee for Pershing, a BNY Mellon company, and a member of BNY Mellon’s Global Operating Committee. He is responsible for Broker-Dealer Services, U.S. Tri-Party Services and Global Clearing. And is also responsible for the newly established Banks, Broker Dealer and Investment Advisor Market Segment. Prior to his current role, Brian was co-lead of Pershing Prime Services, and CEO of BNY Mellon’s Alternative Investment Services (AIS).

A member of the board of directors of BNY Mellon SA NV, BNY Mellon Clearing and BNY Mellon’s Sovereign Wealth Advisory Group, Brian is also a member of the advisory board of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, from which he received an M.B.A. in international finance.

Born in the U.S. and raised in Ireland, Brian is a graduate of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in the U.K. and Ireland. His father comes from Crossmolina, Co. Mayo and his mother from Drumhaldry, Co. Longford. He and his wife, Anna, who is from Dublin, live in New York with their four children.

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James O’Donnell https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/james-odonnell-2/ https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/james-odonnell-2/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:44:35 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=19961 Read more..]]> James O’Donnell is a managing director and global head of Investor Sales and Relationships at Citi. He joined Citi in 1999 and served as head of U.S. Equities for four years. Afterwards, he was co-head of Global Investor Sales, and was appointed to his current position in 2008.

Jim is responsible for the distribution of Global Markets products to Citi’s Equities, Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities clients.

Prior to joining Citi, he was president and CEO of HSBC Securities Inc. His responsibilities included all equity, debt, futures and investment banking operations for HSBC in the U.S. He was also CEO of HSBC James Cape, HSBC’s global equity business. Before his tenure at HSBC, Jim was president and CEO of NatWest Securities in the U.S. He also held various roles at Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Jim received his B.A. in comparative religion from Princeton. He is second-generation Irish American, with his father’s family hailing from Dublin and his mother’s from Galway. He credits his Irish heritage, along with his family and his faith, as being the foundation of his life.

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Francis X. O’Connor https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/francis-x-oconnor/ https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/francis-x-oconnor/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:43:16 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=19958 Read more..]]> Francis X. O’Connor is the executive director of global equities at UBS Financial Services in New Jersey. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, and he holds a degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Born at Camp Stewart in Hines-ville, Georgia, Francis is the eldest of eight siblings and a second-generation Irish American with ancestors from his mother’s side in Killarney and Tralee. He remembers fondly his family vacation to Ireland in 1999 where he was able to catch up with cousins, aunts, and uncles while showing his children the importance of their Irish heritage. For him, “being Irish makes you a welcome citizen of the world. I’m very proud of my Irish heritage,” he says.

He is a member of many Irish organizations including The American Ireland Fund and is a regular marcher in the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

He lives in New Jersey with his wife Donna, with whom he has five grown children, FX, Mike, Jack, Grace, and Kathleen.

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Deirdre O’Connor https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/deirdre-oconnor-3/ https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/deirdre-oconnor-3/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:42:23 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=19956 Read more..]]> Deirdre O’Connor is a managing director at Och-Ziff Capital Management. Previously, she was a managing director in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs, and the controller of Goldman Sachs Investment Strategies, responsible for $150 billion in assets under management.

A fellow at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Chartered Global Management Accountants, Deirdre is on the board of the Women’s Bond Club and is also a board member of GOAL USA. She studied accounting at the Cork Institute of Technology.

Born in Cobh, Co. Cork, Deirdre lives in New York City with her husband, Feargall, and their three children, Cliona, Colin, and Ava. She is “extremely proud of her Irish heritage,” and calls it “the foundation upon which I approach life and work. Key values ingrained in the Irish culture are hard work, building long term relationships, and sharing lessons learned with the next generation.”

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Dan O’Connell https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/dan-oconnell/ https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/dan-oconnell/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:41:44 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=19953 Read more..]]> Dan O’Connell is the managing director of Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch. He graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. and joined Merrill Lynch in 1983.

For the past 20 years Dan has been a member of the Merrill Lynch Circle of Champions. He has been recognized as a Financial Times Top 400 Global Advisor. And both Registered Rep and Barrons have named him one of the Top 100 Financial Advisors in America.

A native of Port Washington, NY, Dan is a second-generation Irish American with roots in Kerry and Waterford. Of his Irish heritage he says “it is the foundation of my success.” His Irishness has also informed the qualities he finds in a good leader: “honesty, modesty, and concern for the objective and the people helping to achieve that objective.”

Dan and his wife Sue reside in Sands Point on Long Island and have four children, Molly, Daniel, Jack, and Moira.

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Anthony O’Callaghan https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/anthony-ocallaghan-2/ https://irishamerica.com/2014/09/anthony-ocallaghan-2/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:40:38 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=19951 Read more..]]> Tony O’Callaghan is a director and relationship manager for Credit Suisse Private Banking USA, and has over 31 years of experience as an investment professional. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 1994, he was with Kidder, Peabody & Co. for 12 years.

Tony is among the most senior advisors in Credit Suisse’s Private Banking USA with particular expertise in asset allocation and fixed income. He earned his B.A. in economics from Michigan State University.

A fourth-generation Irish American whose great-grandfather came to the U.S. in the late 19th century, Tony’s branch of the O’Callaghans traces back to the town of Mallow in County Cork, where you can still see the ruins of the once great O’Callaghan castle. He and his wife Patti have three children: Anthony Ryan, Julia Britten and Bonnie Diane. They have all visited Ireland and speak to their friends there regularly.

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