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

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

Benefits and Uses of Biotechnology


James “Jim” Ahern possesses over a decade of experience as a financial executive in the investing industry, assuming roles such as vice president and managing director. Currently, James Ahern serves as managing partner and head of capital markets for New York-based Laidlaw and Company. At Laidlaw, he is involved in life sciences investment banking and biotechnology investment banking among other duties.

Defined as a form of technology based on biology, biotechnology has been used for many years for the production and preservation of food products such as dairy. Biotechnology, which employs processes at the cellular and bimolecular level, offers a range of benefits which include:

– Improving health outcomes by using the human genetic makeup to advance research and medicine.
– Improving the efficiency of global manufacturing and energy consumption, while also reducing waste and the reliance on petrochemicals.
– Improving crop outcomes to produce more food on a global scale, including production of biotech crops that meet specific needs and reducing the need for added chemicals and pesticides.