Three Prominent Northfield Mount Hermon Alumni

Uma Thurman pic

Uma Thurman

As the head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company, James “Jimmy” Ahern oversees the firm’s investment activities in the healthcare sector. Outside of his responsibilities with Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern is an active supporter of Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) and serves as chair of the school’s Basketball Alumni Council for Excellence.

A Massachusetts-based co-ed boarding school, NMH offers over 60 athletic teams as well as a multitude of performing arts groups and student-led clubs. As such, the school has produced numerous professional athletes and actors. Below are three of the most prominent.

1. Uma Thurman – Known for films such as Pulp Fiction and Dangerous Liasons, Thurman is an Academy Award-nominated actress who had her first major role in the 1987 film Kiss Daddy Goodnight. She graduated from NMH the following year.

2. Laura Linney – A member of the graduating class of 1982, Linney is also an Academy Award-nominated actress. She is best known for her work in the films The Nanny Diaries and The Savages. Linney also earned a Golden Globe and Emmy for Best Actress in a Miniseries for her role in HBO’s John Adams.

3. Brian Strait – A National Hockey League (NHL) veteran of 187 regular season games, Strait graduated NMH in 2006 and spent three seasons at Boston University before turning pro in 2009. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round of the 2006 NHL Draft, but has played the majority of his career with the New York Islanders.

Rick Porcello’s Cy Young Season


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Rick Porcello

A former managing director with Aegis Capital, James “Jim” Ahern has served as head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company since 2010. In this role, he has helped grow the firm into a prominent healthcare investment bank with three American offices as well as one in London, England. When he isn’t focusing his efforts on expanding Laidlaw’s investment portfolio, James “Jimmy” Ahern enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Boston Red Sox.

The 2017 regular season has not been kind to Red Sox’s pitcher Rick Porcello. As of September 11, the nine-year veteran led the American League (AL) in losses with 17 and hits allowed with 220. However, the year prior, Porcello was one of the league’s best pitchers and he has the hardware to prove it. The New Jersey native led the league with 22 wins, which was the most recorded by a pitcher since 2011, and recorded a career-best 3.15 earned run average (ERA). He also struck out 189 batters and allowed only 193 hits in 223 innings.

Those numbers earned Porcello the AL Cy Young Award, as he narrowly edged Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians. Porcello earned eight of the 30 first-place votes and finished with a total of 137 points. Verlander and Kluber had 132 and 98 points, respectively, while Verlander actually garnered the most first-place votes with 14, but was hurt by a lack of second-place votes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Donation Campaigns


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Big Brothers Big Sisters

James (Jim) Ahern is a healthcare-focused investment banking executive who engages with Laidlaw & Company as managing partner and head of capital markets. In addition to his work with Laidlaw & Company, James (Jimmy) Ahern maintains a strong community presence and serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Foundation’s board of overseers.

As detailed in a recent WBZ Cares monthly feature, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay pairs youth from 6 to 14 years old with volunteer mentors and helps steer children in positive life directions. The Foundation funds much of the nonprofit’s work through “Clean Up Clutter For a Good Cause!” campaigns that encourage donations of clothes and household items.

A dedicated fleet of blue donation trucks canvasses neighborhoods throughout southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with the donated items subsequently purchased by thrift store chains in bulk. The sales of these items helps the foundation raise between $600,000 and $1 million on an annual basis. This money is then funneled directly into high-impact mentoring programs that help change lives and create strong community bonds.

Golf Digest’s Best Courses in Massachusetts

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Old Sandwich Golf Club

James Ahern is an experienced investment banker who, since 2010, has helped grow Laidlaw & Company into a nationally recognized firm with offices in major United States cities, such as New York, Boston, and San Francisco. When he isn’t raising capital for Laidlaw’s health care investments, Massachusetts native James Ahern enjoys playing golf.

Each year, Golf Digest releases its rankings of the top 100 courses in the United States. In doing so, the popular publication also puts together a list of the best courses in each state. The following are its top three courses in Massachusetts.

1. The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel). Originally designed as a nine-hole course by Willie Campbell in 1895, this course ranks 16th on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Courses list. It hosted the 1963 and 1988 U.S. Open Tournaments and, more recently, was the site of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Open.

2. Old Sandwich Golf Club. Based in Plymouth, Old Sandwich is a 6,908-yard, par-71 course that was designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in 2004. Although it’s a relatively new course, it has a traditional layout that might remind patrons of National Golf Links, Pine Valley, or Baltusrol.

3. Kittansett Club. A 6,811-yard, par-71 course located in Marion, Kittansett ranks 67th on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Courses list. It was designed by William Flynn in 1922 and has since been restored and revamped by popular architects Stephen Kay and Gil Hanse.