Alex Cora Set to Begin First Season as Red Sox Manager


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A former vice president of Casimir Capital, James “Jimmy” Ahern has served as managing partner and head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company since 2010. In this role, has helped the New York-based firm expand with new offices in Boston, San Francisco, and London. Beyond his professional pursuits at Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern is a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Alex Cora won a World Series this past season with the Houston Astros as the team’s bench coach. However, days earlier, Cora was announced as the new manager of the Red Sox as the two parties agreed to a three-year contract with a team option for the 2021 season. The native of Puerto Rico played for Boston from 2005 to 2008 and becomes the 22nd former Red Sox player to serve as the team’s manager.

Although he only has one season of coaching experience at the Major League Baseball level, Cora spent the past five winters managing the Criollos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League and led the team to a championship in 2017. He also served as general manager of Puerto Rico’s World Baseball Classic team that year and has four years’ experience as a baseball analyst with ESPN. With the 2018 season fast approaching, Cora still made sure to give back to his hometown of Caguas, which was left devastated as a result of Hurricane Maria. On January 30, the new manager was joined by Red Sox players and executives as he delivered 10 tons of supplies as well as $200,000 to help restore the town’s electrical grid.

Mentor2.0 Helps Boston Students Prepare for College and the Workforce


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James Ahern brings more than 15 years of investment experience to his position as the managing partner and head of capital markets for Laidlaw & Company in New York City. A supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB) outside his work for Laidlaw, Jimmy Ahern serves on the Board of Overseers of the BBBS Foundation. BBBSMB works to improve college graduation rates among high school students in the Boston Public School system through the Mentor2.0 program.

A technology-enhanced mentoring program, Mentor2.0 prepares high school students for college success and workforce readiness through transformative one-to-one support. Targeting first-generation students and those from low-income backgrounds, the program allows them to attend weekly college success classes taught by BBBS program coordinators.

Students also meet with a dedicated mentor through weekly online communications and monthly in-person meetings. Mentors can offer insight on college success curriculums during online meetings and spend one-on-one time with students during in-person meetings. In-person meetings take place after work hours and last for approximately two hours.