An established investment banker with more than 15 years of experience in the field, James “Jim” Ahern is a managing partner at Laidlaw & Company in New York. Outside of his work at Laidlaw, James “Jimmy” Ahern serves as a member of the board of overseers of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB),which recently rebranded to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts.
The organization has been serving the Boston area for the past seven decades, but recent growth and expansion of services throughout the region have prompted a broader focus. Consequently, BBBSEM decided that the “Eastern Massachusetts” portion of its new name would be more appropriate, given its work in areas like Lowell, Brockton, Plymouth, and the Southcoast.
That isn’t the only change for the organization. BBBSEM has also reduced its overhead footprint, and plans to relocate its offices to High Street. The reduction in space needs combined with lower rent will free up more money for BBBSEM to invest in its life-changing programs, which will reach upwards of 4,000 youth in 2020 alone. For more information about the organization and its services, visit emassbigs.org.
An experienced investment banker, James Ahern is a managing partner at Laidlaw & Company in New York. Outside of his work at Laidlaw, James “Jimmy” Ahern is on the board of overseers of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB).
BBBSMB is an organization that matches students with underprivileged backgrounds from the Greater Boston area, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard, with a mentor to guide them through school. To facilitate easier and meaningful interactions between mentors and mentees, BBBSMB uses the innovative Mentor 2.0 program.
In the Mentor 2.0 program, students create a post-secondary education and career path, and are empowered with the knowledge and skills to execute their plans. The students, who are from low-income areas and are the first in their families to go to high school, are matched with mentors from the career fields they are interested in joining. Once they are matched, they receive regular assignments and communication from their mentors. They also attend weekly college success classes conducted by a BBBSMB program coordinator and have one-on-one meet ups with their mentors every month. The program is designed to inspire the students to follow through with their higher education and career goals.
James “Jimmy” Ahern leverages more than 15 years of relevant experience to advise and raise capital for public and private health care companies in his role as managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company. When he isn’t working, James “Jim” Ahern of Laidlaw & Company enjoys watching the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Boston Celtics.
Although the Celtics lost starting point guard Kyrie Irving in free agency, the team acquired a suitable replace in Kemba Walker this past July. Walker, who came to the Celtics as part of a sign-and-trade with the Charlotte Hornets, expressed in a press conference that Boston was his preferred destination giving the franchise’s positive reputation and the fact he has only played in 11 playoff games through his first 8 years in the league.
Walker will earn at least $30 million in each of the next four seasons after signing a 4-year, $140.79 million contract as part of the acquisition. To complete the transaction, Boston sent the Hornets Terry Rozier and a second-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
A 29-year-old native of New York, Walker was selected by Charlotte ninth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. The three-time NBA All-Star averaged a career-best 25.6 points per game last season. Through 605 regular season contests, he has averaged 19.8 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game.
James “Jimmy” Ahern is a managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company in New York City. James “Jim” Ahern is also a member of the Board of Overseers for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, and vice chair of the organization’s annual golf outing, which raises nearly $1 million annually.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Massachusetts Bay is the largest youth mentoring agency in New England, serving 150 communities and more than 3,600 children each year. The organization was founded in 1949 by a small group of volunteers who wanted to help fatherless boys. They helped 10 children that first year, and were known as the Big Brother Association of Boston.
The organization grew rapidly, and began hiring staff and holding fundraising events. By 1955, they had a wait list. As the organization expanded, its name changed to the Big Brother Association of Greater Boston. In 1984, the organization hired John Pearson as CEO. He would stay with the organization for 25 years and enact many important changes.
In the ’90s, the organization expanded even more, introducing the School-Based Mentoring Program and serving young girls in addition to boys. At the turn of the century, the organization became Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.
BBBS of Massachusetts Bay is currently following a strategic plan known as “Operation Go Big,” which will see the nonprofit serving 5,000 youth by 2022.
To learn more and find out how you can help, visit https://www.bbbsmb.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
The head of capital markets at the Laidlaw & Company investment bank, James “Jim” Ahern has supported the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay for many years. As part of his activities at the non-profit organization, James “Jimmy” Ahern serves on the board of overseers of the Massachusetts Bay Big Brothers and Big Sisters Foundation and holds the title of vice chair of its annual golf classic fundraiser.
Committed to providing children with positive role models, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay has faced a shortage of male mentors, known as Big Brothers, in 2019. The organization held a successful campaign to recruit male mentors for 30 young boys in the Cape Cod and the Islands region in March that resulted in 35 new Big Brothers signing up. In June, it held the “30 Guys in 30 Days” campaign for Waltham and nearby communities.
In a statement, Terry McCarron, vice president of program services at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, said the organization’s service territory continues to grow, which causes both the number of children it serves and those on its waitlist to increase. The group will continue its efforts to recruit Big Brothers so no child will have to go without a positive mentor. Interested parties can learn more on its website, bbbsmb.org.
Managing partner of Laidlaw & Company in New York City, James (Jim or Jimmy) Ahern raises capital for public and private organizations with a concentration in the healthcare sector. When he isn’t busy at Laidlaw, James Ahern is an avid boating enthusiast who enjoys exploring the waters around Cape Cod along the coast of Massachusetts.
One of the most popular of Cape Cod’s attached waterways is Bass River. Boaters can access this large and scenic river from the south-central coast of Cape Cod in order to experience its copious sheltering coves and wealth of wildlife. However, because it attracts so many boaters and fisherman, the Bass River and its resources are now under stress.
Alternative boating destinations in the Cape Cod area include the picturesque working port of Menemsha Harbor, the sandy public beach at Tarpaulin Cove, and the Massachusetts Audubon-managed long barrier island known as Dead Neck. Boaters looking to dock to enjoy shopping and dining on shore should consider the many amenities of Vineyard Haven.
An alumnus of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, James “Jimmy” Ahern leverages more than 15 years of executive experience in the financial sphere to raise capital and advise healthcare companies as managing partner of Laidlaw & Company. Beyond his role with Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox were without a first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft due to exceeding the luxury-tax threshold by more than $40 million the year prior. That spending paid off, however, as the team won the World Series. In building for the future, Boston selected infielder Cameron Cannon with its first pick, 43rd overall, in the draft.
Cameron, 22, spent the past three seasons with the University of Arizona, where he compiled 16 home runs and 113 runs batted in (RBI). He was especially effective this past season as he registered a career-best .397 batting average to go along with 8 home runs and 56 RBI. He’ll need to improve his fielding and perhaps even add some power to his swing, but he could be a potential replacement for Dustin Pedroia at second base in a few years.
Other players selected by the Red Sox in the 40-round draft include shortstop Matthew Lugo (69th overall), pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn (107th overall), pitcher Noah Song (137th overall), and catcher Jaxx Groshans (167th overall).
James “Jimmy” Ahern is the managing partner of Laidlaw & Company UK Ltd. in New York City. In his role at Laidlaw, James (Jim) Ahern advises public and private companies that are making investments in health care industries, specifically biotech and life sciences.
The UK biotech sector experienced significant growth in investment funding in 2018, with 2.2 billion pounds injected into the sector – one billion pounds more than in 2017 – indicating a strong appetite for UK biotech innovation, according to the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA). The majority of the financing occurred in private markets with only five biotech companies going public in 2018.
This low IPO activity saw AIM, London’s junior investment market, lag behind the United States NASDAQ in drug discovery companies. BIA attributed 2018’s subdued biotech industry IPO activity to poor market conditions and several failed late-stage clinical trials.
Also in 2018, the UK biotech industry recorded increased funding from US-based investment firms. This was attributed to growing foreign interest in life science areas in which the UK is particularly strong, including genomics and cell therapy.
A managing partner and the head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company in New York City, James “Jim” Ahern graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) in Mount Hermon, Massachusetts. In addition to his role with Laidlaw, James Ahern continues to support his alma mater as the president of the NMH Basketball Alumni Council for Excellence.
The coed boarding school NMH has more than 60 sports teams, among them the boys’ basketball team, which plays in the renowned New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) AAA. Because NMH maintains a rigorous focus on both academics and athletics, student athletes frequently continue to pursue their sports career in top-tier colleges and universities. In the 2015-2016 season, NMH had 11 players in the Ivy League who played basketball for higher-education institutions such as Harvard University, Princeton University, and Yale University.
In the last decade, the school’s basketball program has sent more than 50 players to participate in Division I college programs and has been ranked in the top 10 in the country for the last 12 years. For more information about NMH and its basketball program, visit http://www.nmhschool.org.
James (Jim) Ahern has served as managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company UK Ltd. since 2010. Outside of his responsibilities at Laidlaw, James Ahern enjoys cheering on his favorite football team, the New England Patriots.
Key departures in the 2019 off-season have led the New England Patriots to bring in new talent to fill its coaching ranks. One significant name to leave the team was defensive coordinator Brian Flores, who left to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Former Patriots linebacker and captain Jerod Mayo will step in to offset at least some of these coaching losses, according to a team announcement made in March.
Mayo garnered a reputation over his eight season with the Patriots as an on-field extension of head coach Bill Belichick. He will now rejoin the team as a special defensive assistant, with reports indicating that he will work with the team’s linebacking corps.