As managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company, James “Jim” Ahern arranges financing for public and private organizations. Beyond his activities at Laidlaw, James “Jimmy” Ahern serves on the board of overseers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.
Throughout the year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay hosts a number of events to raise money to continue its programs for youth in need. The organization is preparing for several upcoming events, including its annual YPG (Young Professionals Group) Casino Night.
Hosted by the Young Professionals Group Executive Committee, Casino Night is a fun evening featuring drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and casino-style gaming. Prizes are awarded to the top casino players, and attendees have a chance to win items in a raffle.
All funds raised through YPG Casino Night benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Online registration is open for the organization’s next Casino Night, which will take place on the evening of Saturday, April 21, 2018. For more information, visit www.bbbsmb.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
A former managing director of Aegis Capital, James Ahern is a healthcare investment banker who has served as managing partner of Laidlaw & Company since 2010. Outside of his professional responsibilities with Laidlaw & Company, James Ahern is heavily involved with Massachusetts Bay Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) as a member of its board of overseers and co-chair of its annual golf tournament.
For over 100 years, BBBS has paired children with positive adult mentors in communities throughout the United States. While the nonprofit organization includes many chapters throughout the country, it’s governed by strong leadership at the national level. In October, BBBS announced it was adding five dedicated members to its National Board of Directors: Guy Adami, Shannon Mattingly, Ernest Greer, Ken Burdick, and Steven Wheeler.
Adami, a director of advisory advocacy with Morristown, New Jersey’s Private Advisor Group, has a proven track record of raising funds for nonprofit organizations as he was once part of an eight-person team that raised nearly $700,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Mattingly is a strategic partnership manager at Facebook who was previously a junior board member with Catholic BBBS of Los Angeles. Greer serves Greenburg Traurig LLP as co-president and has held board roles with the Atlanta Police Foundation, the Atlanta History Center, and the Center for Civil & Human Rights, among others. Burdick is the CEO of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. and fervent supporter of BBBS’ Bigs in Blue program. Finally, Wheeler is the CEO of Centurion and actively serves as a Big Brother in his free time.
Boston Red Sox
A graduate of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, James Ahern is an experienced financial executive who serves as head of capital markets with New York’s Laidlaw & Company. Outside of his responsibility of raising capital for healthcare companies funded by Laidlaw & Company, James Ahern is a passionate fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox established its own Hall of Fame in 1995 to recognize the best players and managers in team history. On November 30, the team announced the induction of Mike Lowell, Derek Lowe, Kevin Youkilis, and the late John Frank Freeman. Lowell and Lowe contributed significantly to the team’s 2004 World Series winning team. Lowell, a skilled third baseman, started all 14 playoff games that year and hit two home runs to go along with a .353 average, while Lowe pitched in 384 games for the team between 1997 and 2004 and earned the series-clinching victory in each of the three series en route to the team winning its first World Series in 86 years.
Youkilis, meanwhile, played in 953 regular season games with the Red Sox from 2004 to 2012 and was part of the 2007 team that captured the World Series. The three-time All-Star hit for a .500 batting average in the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians that year. Finally, Freeman was part of the Boston Americans team from 1901 to 1907 and helped lead the franchise to its first World Series in 1903. Hall of Fame selections are made by a 21-person committee comprised of club executives, fan representatives, local media, and historians.