As managing partner and head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company, James “Jimmy” Ahern Laidlaw has helped grow the firm into a nationally recognized healthcare investor. When not working, Jimmy Ahern Laidlaw enjoys fishing for tuna.
The waters of the Atlantic just off the coast of New England are full of Bluefin tuna. People who regularly go out in search of them understand that catching the fish depends on paying attention to the smallest details.
Tuna have a highly developed sense of smell that they use to hunt their prey. This sense of smell puts tuna among the best hunters of all ocean creatures. The unnatural or unexpected smells associated with bait and line can sometimes make Bluefin tuna hesitant to bite. To minimize the human scents of a rig, you should clean terminal tackle with rubbing alcohol before setting the bait.
Then, when setting the bait, you should avoid touching the tackle at all by wearing gloves. This caution, paired with the use of rubbing alcohol, can help you land an impressive catch.
Bigs in Blue
Since 2010, James “Jim” Ahern Laidlaw has serves as managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company. To give back to his community, Jim Ahern Laidlaw is heavily involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB).
Recently, BBBSMB announced a partnership with the Boston Police Department to launch a Bigs in Blue mentorship program. This program will connect young people from around the greater Boston area to current police officers. Ideally, this pairing results in a lasting relationship not just between the two individuals, but also between communities and law enforcement.
BBBSMB ultimately envisioned the program after witnessing the strained relationship that exists between current police officers and the communities in which they serve. Bigs in Blue aims to inspire greater trust in law enforcement among Boston youth and provide police officers with a different perspective of what living in the community is like.
The first Bigs in Blue Program launched with the Barnstable Police Department in December. The larger Big Brothers Big Sisters of America plans to raise $5 million to support the Massachusetts program and similar ones in other cities across the nation.
A graduate of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, James “Jimmy” Ahern has over a decade of experience in investment banking, including his current position as head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company. When he’s not seeking out or advising early-stage healthcare companies for Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern enjoys following his favorite National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Boston Celtics.
After missing the playoffs in the 2013-14 season, the Celtics quickly established themselves as a contending team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Boston went from a 25-win team in 2013-14 to a 40-win team the following year with the help of an improving core group of players and the acquisition of point guard Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics traded Marcus Thornton and a first round pick to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Thomas, who was the 60th and final pick in the 2011 NBA draft. After the acquisition of Thomas on February 19, the Celtics went 20-11 down the stretch to make the playoffs.
Thomas, who is just 5-foot-9, has improved dramatically in each of the past few seasons and has been named to back-to-back Eastern Conference all-star teams. He averaged a career-high 22.2 points per game in 2015-16 and, in 2016-17, he has put himself into MVP consideration with a remarkable 29.9 points per game through the first half of the season.