Kemba Walker Signs with the Boston Celtics

Kemba Walker

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Celebrates 70 Years

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.

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