Kemba Walker Signs with the Boston Celtics

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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.

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

Former Patriots Captain Jerod Mayo Rejoins Team as an Assistant Coach


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Jerod Mayo

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

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.

Alex Cora Set to Begin First Season as Red Sox Manager


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Alex Cora

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.

Patriots’ Dion Lewis Records Rare Player of the Week Accomplishment


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Dion Lewis

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.

Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month


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Jayson Tatum

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.

Surging Celtics Overcome Grueling Schedule in Season’s First Half

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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.

Red Sox Add Four Players to its Hall of Fame


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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.