Wall Street 50 – 2016 – 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 John Tyrrell https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/john-tyrrell/ https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/john-tyrrell/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:51:26 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=27329 Read more..]]> John Tyrrell is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Rubicoin, a Dublin and New York based company aimed towards the increased success of global investments. Over the last 15 years, he has overseen the design and launch of many mass-market enterprise products, including Invest by Rubicoin, a top-rated U.S. smartphone app for investment.

He was born in Galway, the county from which his mother’s and father’s families both stem. His father holds four All-Ireland medals from his time spent representing Galway as a GAA player in the 1960s.

John attended University College Galway as well as Dublin Business School, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Diploma in finance, and a Higher Diploma in business management. Before Rubicoin, he held several positions with Vodafone Ireland, including head of fixed networks and head of network engineering.

He currently lives in Dublin with his wife, Muireann, and daughters, Ella and Rosie.


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Thomas E. Sullivan https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/thomas-e-sullivan/ https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/thomas-e-sullivan/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:50:51 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=27326 Read more..]]> As the managing director of Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch, Thomas E. Sullivan works with his team to leverage resources to create financial strategies personalized for their clients’ circumstances. He has been a financial advisor with the firm for over 40 years.

Born in Jamaica, New York, Thomas graduated from St. John’s University with a B.S. in accounting. In the past, he served as the president of the Long Island Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and currently sits on the board of trustees of Winthrop University Hospital. He has been listed six times on Barron’s Top 1000 Advisors list, most recently in 2016.

Thomas is a second-generation Irish American, and believes that being “Irish means you forget the bad days.” He shares this approach to life with his wife, Barbara, with whom he lives in Garden City. They have four children, Thomas, Kristen, Jennifer, and Matthew, as well as two grandchildren with a third on the way.

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Emmet Savage https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/emmet-savage-2/ https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/emmet-savage-2/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:49:10 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=27324 Read more..]]> Emmet Savage is CEO and co-founder of Rubicoin, a Dublin and New York based company with a mission to get the world investing successfully. He studied physics at Dublin City University, finance in the Irish Management Institute, and business strategy at Trinity College Dublin.

Rubicoin’s flagship smartphone app, Invest, has earned the trust of tens of thousands of new investors globally. It is ranked first by Apple for investing in several countries, including the U.S. The company’s vision is to create millions of successful stock investors across the world by making the process beautiful, engaging, and enjoyable.

Over the past 20 years, Emmet has taught stock investing, written for The Motley Fool and published all decisions relating to his personal portfolio. The audited average annual return of his personal stock portfolio was in excess of 24.4% per year for eleven years. He is currently on the boards of CBC School, Monkstown and Outreach Moldova, an Irish Charity that was set up to assist children living in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. He was born, educated, and lives in Dublin.

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Sharon T. Sager https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/sharon-t-sager-8/ https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/sharon-t-sager-8/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:48:50 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=27321 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. Sharon is only one of 16 women to be named to Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors each year since the list’s inception in 2006, and was also featured in Barron’s “Best Advice” column. In addition, Sharon has appeared on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street and Closing Bell. Sharon was named to the 2014 Financial Times Top 400 Advisors, as well as to REP Magazine and WealthManagement.com’s Top 50 Wirehouse Women list 2012-2015. Last June, UBS presented Sharon with the “Aspire” award, a recognition that she serves as a role model for other advisors and as a culture carrier for the firm.

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 Long Island. She is co-chairman of the board of overseers for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, secretary of the board for Careers Through Culinary Arts Programs, a member of the Economic Club of NY and the President’s Circle, James Beard Foundation, and was a mentor with the Clinton Economic Initiative UBS Small Business Advisory Program.


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Meredith Ryan-Reid https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/meredith-ryan-reid/ https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/meredith-ryan-reid/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:47:31 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=27318 Read more..]]> Meredith Ryan-Reid is a senior vice president in MetLife’s Group Benefits division leading Distribution Development. Responsibilities include broker strategy and relationship management, third party distribution, private exchanges, worksite strategy and voluntary benefits delivery. Previously, she led the Accident and Health group and the Product Specialist organization.

Meredith received her B.A. from the University of Richmond and M.B.A. from Cornell University, where she serves as her alumni class president and member of the Johnson School advisory council.

Though Meredith says much information about her Irish ancestors prior to her paternal great-grandparents, who settled in Somerville, MA, is lost, she completed a DNA test that found she is 83 percent Irish, with Ryan roots in Tipperary. In America, her family made their living as boxers, police officers, domestics, and factory and railway workers. “I am proud of my heritage,” she says, “and never more so than when I had the honor of marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade with Grand Marshall Alfred Smith in 2013 when I was eight months pregnant with my second child, Madeline.”

Meredith lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.

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Peter Quinlan https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/peter-quinlan/ https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/peter-quinlan/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:46:59 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=27315 Read more..]]> Peter Quinlan is the treasurer and executive vice president of Signature Bank, where he has managed the investment portfolio, interest rate risk and liquidity management functions of the company since 2006. He also serves as the chairman of the company’s asset liability management committee.

He holds a B.S. in business management from Springfield College and an M.A. in business administration from Northeastern University. He joined Signature in 2002, and was an early member of the senior management team, contributing to much of the company’s initial and continued growth and success.

Peter is a fourth-generation Irish American whose ancestors’ roots trace back to counties Cork and Tipperary. “My Irish heritage is the foundation of my personal and spiritual life,” he says. “The legacy of my ancestors provides standards of determination, perseverance and hard work. As an Irish American, I continue to embody these standards as an appreciation of the opportunities afforded me.”

Peter currently lives in Manhattan with his fiancée, Jennifer.

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Jim O’Sullivan https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/jim-osullivan/ https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/jim-osullivan/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:45:34 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=27312 Read more..]]> Jim O’Sullivan is chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, an independent economics research firm. He forecasts and analyzes macro-economic developments and policy actions driving financial markets. According to MarketWatch, he is “the best high-frequency economic forecaster in America.” He has been MarketWatch Forecaster of the Year in eight of the 12 years since the award was created, including each of the last five.

Ranking is based on accuracy in projecting U.S. economic indicators. Jim began his career at JPMorgan and has also worked at UBS and MF Global.

Born in New York, Jim grew up in Co. Offaly. His father is from Abbeyfeale in Limerick and his mother from Drimoleague in Cork. Jim holds a B.A. in economics from Trinity College Dublin, where he earned the distinction of scholar. He also earned an M.A. in economics from Queen’s University in Ontario. He lives in Manhattan with his Offaly-born wife, Margaret Molloy, a marketing executive, and their sons, Finn and Emmet.

On Twitter he is @OSullivanEcon.

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Thomas F. O’Neill https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/thomas-f-oneill/ https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/thomas-f-oneill/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:44:21 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=27309 Read more..]]> Thomas F. O’Neill is the chairman of Kimberlite, a firm for which he also heads the financial institutions banking practice. He is the former chairman of Ranieri Financial Services Group, one of Kimberlite’s predecessor companies.

Born in the Bronx, Thomas graduated from New York University with a B.S. in accounting. He began his Wall Street career with L.F. Rothschild & Co in 1972. Presently, he is a member of the board of directors of Archer Daniels Midland and chairman of its audit committee, as well as a chairman of the finance committee and member of the executive committee of NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.

Thomas is a second-generation Irish American with family roots in counties Armagh (his father’s side) and Tipperary (his mother’s). He vividly recalls stories of his maternal grandfather’s decision to emigrate after standing up to the English lord whose estate he maintained in New Inn, Co. Tipperary. Thomas still takes pride in what he regards as his grandfather’s “ability to overcome great challenges to be here.”

He and his wife, Carol, have three daughters, Meredith, Melanie, and Heather.

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Michael O’Grady https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/michael-ogrady/ https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/michael-ogrady/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:43:08 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=27306 Read more..]]> Michael O’Grady is president of the Corporate & Institutional Services business unit at Northern Trust and serves as a member of the Corporation’s Management Committee. Northern Trust’s C&IS business unit is a leading provider of asset servicing, investment management, banking and related services to institutional clients worldwide. Prior to assuming his current role, Mike served as executive vice president & chief financial officer of Northern Trust.

Mike joined Northern Trust in 2011 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served as a managing director in the firm’s Investment Banking Group and head of the Depository Institutions Group for the Americas. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1992 as an associate. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mike worked for Price Waterhouse. He holds a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

A board member of the Field Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Catholic Charities, Mike is third-generation Irish on both his father and mother’s sides. The O’Gradys are from County Mayo and the Kileys are from County Clare.



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Niall O’Donnell https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/niall-odonnell/ https://irishamerica.com/2016/10/niall-odonnell/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:42:52 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=27303 Read more..]]> Niall O’Donnell is the global head of investor services at Virtus Partners Fund Services, where he and his team have secured multiple mandates from global top 10 credit managers to provide services to alternative investment funds.

Niall was born in Co. Cork and holds his B.Sc. in finance from the University College of Cork, Ireland.

His paternal family have tracked their history back to the Battle of Kinsale in 1601, where they fought alongside Red Hugh O’Donnell. Niall’s maternal ancestors trace back to counties Cork and Tipperary.

For Niall, the significance of the Irish American experience became most apparent when he emigrated to the U.S. in 2010, and met those who continued to view Ireland as their home. “The most important part of our heritage to me is ensuring that my family and the generations to come have the same sense of pride, enthusiasm and joy to be Irish as I have,” he says.

Niall and his wife Christina live in Greenwich, Connecticut with their two daughters, Aoife and Emma.

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