For sixteen years, Irish America has sought out and recognized the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders in finance. The fifty honorees of 2013 are an inspiring and diverse group of rising stars and Wall Street veterans, new faces and longtime friends of Irish America, from as many different sectors of the industry as the various counties in Ireland from which their ancestors came.
The 2013 Wall Street 50 honorees share a commitment to building-up the American economy. Some do this by handling investments and capital, some by developing and implementing the strategies and technology that make it all happen. If there is one thing all of the honorees have in common (in addition to their Irish heritage, of course), it’s a talent for leadership. As Michael Daly of Berkshire Bank phrases it, “I have always believed that being direct and straightforward, and embracing the concerns and opinions of others, is linked to Irish heritage. These are, in my opinion, critical characteristics of leadership.”
It’s possible that they learned these traits from their ancestors, who, as Tara McCabe of Permal Group notes, made “personal sacrifices to pave the way.”
From the fourth-generation Irish Americans, who have seen their ancestors’ dreams manifested, to the great number of Irish-born who continue to forge strong bonds between our two countries, they are a testament to the power of the diaspora.
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~ Mortas Cine ~