An established investment banker with more than 15 years of experience in the field, James “Jim” Ahern is a managing partner at Laidlaw & Company in New York. Outside of his work at Laidlaw, James “Jimmy” Ahern serves as a member of the board of overseers of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB),which recently rebranded to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts.

The organization has been serving the Boston area for the past seven decades, but recent growth and expansion of services throughout the region have prompted a broader focus. Consequently, BBBSEM decided that the “Eastern Massachusetts” portion of its new name would be more appropriate, given its work in areas like Lowell, Brockton, Plymouth, and the Southcoast.

That isn’t the only change for the organization. BBBSEM has also reduced its overhead footprint, and plans to relocate its offices to High Street. The reduction in space needs combined with lower rent will free up more money for BBBSEM to invest in its life-changing programs, which will reach upwards of 4,000 youth in 2020 alone. For more information about the organization and its services, visit