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.
A managing partner and head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company, James “Jimmy” Ahern leverages over a decade of investment banking experience in raising capital for public and private companies in the healthcare sector. Outside of his professional pursuits with Laidlaw & Company, James “Jim” Ahern is a passionate fan of the National Football League’s (NFL) New England Patriots.
The Patriots finished the 2017 regular season with a win-loss record of 13-3 and produced the second-most points in the league. While quarterback Tom Brady was instrumental in leading the team’s offense, it also received a significant contribution from running back Dion Lewis, who finished the year as the team’s leading rusher with a career-best 896 yards to go along with six touchdowns. He also had 214 yards receiving on 32 receptions, three of which were touchdowns.
Beyond the impressive individual statistics, Lewis became only the third Patriot ever to win both a Special Teams Player and Offensive Player of the Week award. The 27-year-old native of Brooklyn, New York earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance returning kicks during the team’s 41-16 win over the Denver Broncos on November 12. Six weeks later, he earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week after taking advantage of injuries to fellow New England running backs James White and Rex Burkhead to play in 51 snaps and record a career-high 129 rushing yards and 24 receiving yards. He also scored a rushing and receiving touchdown. Julian Edelman and Doug Flutie are the only other two Patriots to win both awards.
A former managing director with Aegis Capital, James “Jimmy” Ahern serves as head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company, where he raises capital for and advises public and private companies in the healthcare sector. Outside of his responsibilities with Laidlaw & Company, James “Jim” Ahern is an avid fan of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Boston Celtics.
Through its first 44 games of the 2017-18 season, the Celtics sat atop the Eastern Conference with a win-loss record of 34-10 behind the impressive play of point guard Kyrie Irving and a strong team defense that had allowed only 101.8 points per 100 possessions, which was its best mark since the 2011-12 season. Another reason for Boston’s strong play has been the performance of rookie Jayson Tatum.
Selected third overall by the Celtics in the 2017 NBA Draft, Tatum has averaged 13.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.0 steals per game this season. The Duke University alumnus was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December after averaging 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game through 17 contests. He also topped all rookies with 59 made free throws in the month and finished top four among all first-year players in free-throw percentage (81.9), field goal percentage (52.9), and three-point field goal percentage (45.1). He recorded 20 points in games against the Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs and reached double-digit totals in rebounds in games against the Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, and Memphis Grizzlies.
James (Jim) Ahern guides Laidlaw & Company and provides a host of client driven, internationally networked investment services in the health care vertical. An avid Boston sports fan, Laidlaw executive James (Jimmy) Ahern follows teams such as the Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics. Led by Kyrie Irving, the NBA team has been in “survival” mode over the first half of the 2017-18 season, as they faced a grueling schedule of 39 games in just 73 days.
In December, this took its toll as a half dozen players, including Irving, took games off for a variety of reasons. Despite this, the team got into an unbeatable groove and achieved 29 victories, the most league wide. Coach Brad Stevens credited the relentless schedule with having a silver lining effect of enabling his team to come together and “communicate at a high level.” On December 29th, the team displayed its mettle by coming back from a 26 point first-half deficit against James Harden and the Houston Rockets to eke out a shorthanded 99-98 victory.
The second half of the season promises to be much smoother sailing for the Celtics, with the last 43 games spread over a leisurely 104 days.
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.
James (Jim) Ahern serves Laidlaw & Company as managing partner and head of capital markets where he provides a host of investment services focused on the health care vertical. A deep sea fishing enthusiast, James (Jimmy) Ahern enjoys adventures in the Cape Cod area when away from his responsibilities with Laidlaw & Company.
One of the classic coastal New England recipes is clam chowder, with a Serious Eats’ Food Lab article bringing focus to an authentic version of the dish. As originally envisioned in Colonial days, clam chowder should have a mild taste, with salted pork’s sweetness playing off on the clam’s slight bitterness to create a delicate flavor. The other accents are typically onion, celery, black pepper, and bay leaf, with oyster crackers providing the perfect topping.
The roots of chowders are in French and English seafood stews and were adapted in early New England port towns as the perfect long-lasting fare for fishing voyages. With the first known recorded chowder recipe printed in a 1751 Boston Evening Post article, dairy was notably lacking from the dish until much later when milk cows became prevalent in the region.
As the head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company, James “Jimmy” Ahern oversees the firm’s investment activities in the healthcare sector. Outside of his responsibilities with Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern is an active supporter of Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) and serves as chair of the school’s Basketball Alumni Council for Excellence.
A Massachusetts-based co-ed boarding school, NMH offers over 60 athletic teams as well as a multitude of performing arts groups and student-led clubs. As such, the school has produced numerous professional athletes and actors. Below are three of the most prominent.
1. Uma Thurman – Known for films such as Pulp Fiction and Dangerous Liasons, Thurman is an Academy Award-nominated actress who had her first major role in the 1987 film Kiss Daddy Goodnight. She graduated from NMH the following year.
2. Laura Linney – A member of the graduating class of 1982, Linney is also an Academy Award-nominated actress. She is best known for her work in the films The Nanny Diaries and The Savages. Linney also earned a Golden Globe and Emmy for Best Actress in a Miniseries for her role in HBO’s John Adams.
3. Brian Strait – A National Hockey League (NHL) veteran of 187 regular season games, Strait graduated NMH in 2006 and spent three seasons at Boston University before turning pro in 2009. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round of the 2006 NHL Draft, but has played the majority of his career with the New York Islanders.
A former managing director with Aegis Capital, James “Jim” Ahern has served as head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company since 2010. In this role, he has helped grow the firm into a prominent healthcare investment bank with three American offices as well as one in London, England. When he isn’t focusing his efforts on expanding Laidlaw’s investment portfolio, James “Jimmy” Ahern enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Boston Red Sox.
The 2017 regular season has not been kind to Red Sox’s pitcher Rick Porcello. As of September 11, the nine-year veteran led the American League (AL) in losses with 17 and hits allowed with 220. However, the year prior, Porcello was one of the league’s best pitchers and he has the hardware to prove it. The New Jersey native led the league with 22 wins, which was the most recorded by a pitcher since 2011, and recorded a career-best 3.15 earned run average (ERA). He also struck out 189 batters and allowed only 193 hits in 223 innings.
Those numbers earned Porcello the AL Cy Young Award, as he narrowly edged Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians. Porcello earned eight of the 30 first-place votes and finished with a total of 137 points. Verlander and Kluber had 132 and 98 points, respectively, while Verlander actually garnered the most first-place votes with 14, but was hurt by a lack of second-place votes.