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.
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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
The head of capital markets at the Laidlaw & Company investment bank, James “Jim” Ahern has supported the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay for many years. As part of his activities at the non-profit organization, James “Jimmy” Ahern serves on the board of overseers of the Massachusetts Bay Big Brothers and Big Sisters Foundation and holds the title of vice chair of its annual golf classic fundraiser.
Committed to providing children with positive role models, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay has faced a shortage of male mentors, known as Big Brothers, in 2019. The organization held a successful campaign to recruit male mentors for 30 young boys in the Cape Cod and the Islands region in March that resulted in 35 new Big Brothers signing up. In June, it held the “30 Guys in 30 Days” campaign for Waltham and nearby communities.
In a statement, Terry McCarron, vice president of program services at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, said the organization’s service territory continues to grow, which causes both the number of children it serves and those on its waitlist to increase. The group will continue its efforts to recruit Big Brothers so no child will have to go without a positive mentor. Interested parties can learn more on its website, 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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
James (Jim) Ahern is a healthcare-focused investment banking executive who engages with Laidlaw & Company as managing partner and head of capital markets. In addition to his work with Laidlaw & Company, James (Jimmy) Ahern maintains a strong community presence and serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Foundation’s board of overseers.
As detailed in a recent WBZ Cares monthly feature, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay pairs youth from 6 to 14 years old with volunteer mentors and helps steer children in positive life directions. The Foundation funds much of the nonprofit’s work through “Clean Up Clutter For a Good Cause!” campaigns that encourage donations of clothes and household items.
A dedicated fleet of blue donation trucks canvasses neighborhoods throughout southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with the donated items subsequently purchased by thrift store chains in bulk. The sales of these items helps the foundation raise between $600,000 and $1 million on an annual basis. This money is then funneled directly into high-impact mentoring programs that help change lives and create strong community bonds.