BBBSMB Rebrands to BBBSEM

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 emassbigs.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts’ Mentor 2.0 Program

An experienced investment banker, James Ahern is a managing partner at Laidlaw & Company in New York. Outside of his work at Laidlaw, James “Jimmy” Ahern is on the board of overseers of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB).

BBBSMB is an organization that matches students with underprivileged backgrounds from the Greater Boston area, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard, with a mentor to guide them through school. To facilitate easier and meaningful interactions between mentors and mentees, BBBSMB uses the innovative Mentor 2.0 program.

In the Mentor 2.0 program, students create a post-secondary education and career path, and are empowered with the knowledge and skills to execute their plans. The students, who are from low-income areas and are the first in their families to go to high school, are matched with mentors from the career fields they are interested in joining. Once they are matched, they receive regular assignments and communication from their mentors. They also attend weekly college success classes conducted by a BBBSMB program coordinator and have one-on-one meet ups with their mentors every month. The program is designed to inspire the students to follow through with their higher education and career goals.

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.

To learn more and find out how you can help, visit https://www.bbbsmb.org.

Popular Cape Cod Boating Destinations

Managing partner of Laidlaw & Company in New York City, James (Jim or Jimmy) Ahern raises capital for public and private organizations with a concentration in the healthcare sector. When he isn’t busy at Laidlaw, James Ahern is an avid boating enthusiast who enjoys exploring the waters around Cape Cod along the coast of Massachusetts.

One of the most popular of Cape Cod’s attached waterways is Bass River. Boaters can access this large and scenic river from the south-central coast of Cape Cod in order to experience its copious sheltering coves and wealth of wildlife. However, because it attracts so many boaters and fisherman, the Bass River and its resources are now under stress.

Alternative boating destinations in the Cape Cod area include the picturesque working port of Menemsha Harbor, the sandy public beach at Tarpaulin Cove, and the Massachusetts Audubon-managed long barrier island known as Dead Neck. Boaters looking to dock to enjoy shopping and dining on shore should consider the many amenities of Vineyard Haven.

Cameron Cannon Highlights Boston’s 2019 MLB Draft Class

An alumnus of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, James “Jimmy” Ahern leverages more than 15 years of executive experience in the financial sphere to raise capital and advise healthcare companies as managing partner of Laidlaw & Company. Beyond his role with Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox were without a first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft due to exceeding the luxury-tax threshold by more than $40 million the year prior. That spending paid off, however, as the team won the World Series. In building for the future, Boston selected infielder Cameron Cannon with its first pick, 43rd overall, in the draft.

Cameron, 22, spent the past three seasons with the University of Arizona, where he compiled 16 home runs and 113 runs batted in (RBI). He was especially effective this past season as he registered a career-best .397 batting average to go along with 8 home runs and 56 RBI. He’ll need to improve his fielding and perhaps even add some power to his swing, but he could be a potential replacement for Dustin Pedroia at second base in a few years.

Other players selected by the Red Sox in the 40-round draft include shortstop Matthew Lugo (69th overall), pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn (107th overall), pitcher Noah Song (137th overall), and catcher Jaxx Groshans (167th overall).

Northfield Mount Hermon School Focuses on Athletics and Academics

A managing partner and the head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company in New York City, James “Jim” Ahern graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) in Mount Hermon, Massachusetts. In addition to his role with Laidlaw, James Ahern continues to support his alma mater as the president of the NMH Basketball Alumni Council for Excellence.

The coed boarding school NMH has more than 60 sports teams, among them the boys’ basketball team, which plays in the renowned New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) AAA. Because NMH maintains a rigorous focus on both academics and athletics, student athletes frequently continue to pursue their sports career in top-tier colleges and universities. In the 2015-2016 season, NMH had 11 players in the Ivy League who played basketball for higher-education institutions such as Harvard University, Princeton University, and Yale University.

In the last decade, the school’s basketball program has sent more than 50 players to participate in Division I college programs and has been ranked in the top 10 in the country for the last 12 years. For more information about NMH and its basketball program, visit http://www.nmhschool.org.

Former Patriots Captain Jerod Mayo Rejoins Team as an Assistant Coach

 

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Jerod Mayo
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James (Jim) Ahern has served as managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company UK Ltd. since 2010. Outside of his responsibilities at Laidlaw, James Ahern enjoys cheering on his favorite football team, the New England Patriots.

Key departures in the 2019 off-season have led the New England Patriots to bring in new talent to fill its coaching ranks. One significant name to leave the team was defensive coordinator Brian Flores, who left to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Former Patriots linebacker and captain Jerod Mayo will step in to offset at least some of these coaching losses, according to a team announcement made in March.

Mayo garnered a reputation over his eight season with the Patriots as an on-field extension of head coach Bill Belichick. He will now rejoin the team as a special defensive assistant, with reports indicating that he will work with the team’s linebacking corps.

Running Back Jeremy Hill Signs with New England Patriots

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Jeremy Hill
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James “Jimmy” Ahern is a healthcare investment banker who has served as managing partner and head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company since 2010. When he isn’t busy advising and securing funding for private and public companies in the healthcare sector with Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern enjoys following his favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the New England Patriots.

Fresh off losing running back Dion Lewis in free agency to the Tennessee Titans, the Patriots announced the signing of former Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill. Although he had a disappointing 2017 campaign with only 116 rushing yards and no touchdowns in seven games, Hill was impressive over the previous three seasons.

Originally selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Louisiana State University alumnus scored 9 touchdowns as a rookie and rushed for 1,124 yards. The following season, he accumulated 794 rushing yards and led all running backs in touchdowns with 11. He posted similar numbers in 2016 with 839 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns.

Northfield Mount Hermon School’s Unique Programs

 

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James “Jimmy” Ahern draws upon more than 15 years of experience in the finance sector in his role as the head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company, where he raises capital for private and public health care companies. Outside of his work with Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern is a regular supporter of his alma mater, the Northfield Mount Hermon School (NMHS).

An independent school that stresses collaborative and innovative learning, NMHS has a 5-1 student-to-teacher ratio. In addition to ample one-on-one time with professors, NMHS offers unique programs that sets the school apart from others. Here are a few of those programs:

1. College Model Academic Program (CMAP) – CMAP is designed to model the college academic experience in a high school setting. Students are required to take three major courses per semester, and students and teachers rely heavily on in-class discussions and hands-on projects to replicate the experience of college courses.

2. International programs – In addition to a diverse offering of on-campus courses, NMHS maintains programs in which students are expected to learn language, culture, and history in countries such as Brazil, China, France, India, and New Zealand.

3. Partnership of 12 – Every student at NMHS is supported by a group of 12 adults, including coaches, advisors, teachers, and dorm parents. These professionals collaborate to ensure student success in academic, athletic, and social settings.

Alex Cora Set to Begin First Season as Red Sox Manager

 

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Alex Cora
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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.