James C. Boland
President & CEO
Cavs/Gund Arena Company
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, James C. Boland joined the Cavs/Gund Arena Company (CGAC) in 1998 as president and chief executive officer. A widely experienced senior executive, Boland is committed to training and developing staff, and with his knowledge of professional sports, he brings a new dynamism to CGAC.
Boland began his career with Ernst & Young in 1964 after spending two years as an officer in the U.S. Army. He became a partner in 1976 and served as a member of the firm’s management committee from 1988 to 1997. He also had operating responsibility as vice chairman and regional managing partner of Ernst &Young’s central region from 1988 to 1996.
In 1996 and 1997 he developed and managed the firm’s national accounts program. In addition, he had partner responsibilities for many Ernst & Young clients including Eaton Corporation, TRW, Sherwin Williams, BFGoodrich and CSX.
In addition to his corporate accomplishments, Boland contributes a great deal of time and energy to several civic, charitable and community activities. He is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Board of Trustees and was one of the first participants when it first began in 1977. He also serves as a cabinet member of United Way Services and has chaired the YMCA Corporate Challenge, the March of Dimes “Walk-a-thon” and the Olympic Torch Relay Committee, as well as various benefits on behalf of United Cerebral Palsy, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Cleveland Sight Center. He was recently honored by Ohio Cancer Research Associates and received the “American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Public Service Award.”
Boland earned a B.A. in Business Administration from John Carroll University and an M.A. from George Washington University. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
He is a first-generation Irish American — his mother is from County Mayo and his father from County Clare. He is married and has six children.
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen led his franchise to a rarefied level of success in 1998 when Denver became just the sixth National Football League franchise to win back-to-back Super Bowl championships. The Broncos president and chief executive officer has fashioned a powerful reputation among his peers as a bold, dynamic leader who is single-minded in his pursuit of excellence, whether through Denver and the Broncos or the National Football League.
He enters the 1999 season having completed a fundraising drive for a critically needed new stadium that will benefit both the Broncos and the Mile High City. As chairman of the NFL Broadcasting Committee he once again spearheaded the negotiations for the league’s new television contract. At over $18 billion it is the most lucrative single-sport contract in history.
Born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, Bowlen attended the University of Oklahoma, where he earned degrees in both business and law. He and his family acquired 100 percent ownership of the Broncos franchise in July of 1985. Bowlen is also president of the Denver Broncos Charities Fund and in that capacity has donated nearly $7 million to charitable organizations in the Denver area.
But his civic involvement doesn’t end there he also served as the honorary chairman of the Colorado Special Olympics for 14 years. He was honorary chairman of the Colorado Family Classic to benefit St. Joseph’s Hospital for 15 years and this is his fourth year as chairman of the Capuchin Friars fundraising dinner. In addition, he was elected to the University of Denver board of trustees in 1987.
He takes great pride in his Irish heritage and was the 1992 honoree at the American Ireland Fund dinner. An avid athlete, Bowlen has completed the Ironman Triathlon along with several other triathlons and marathons. He is married with seven children.
Frank P. Bramble
Chairman &CEO, Allfirst Financial Inc.
Chief Executive USA, Allied Irish Bank Group
Assets: $17. 7 billion
Baltimore native Frank Bramble is chairman and chief executive officer of Allfirst Financial Inc. and its principal subsidiary All first Bank. In January 1998, he was appointed to the group executive committee of Allied Irish Bank, Allfirst’s parent company. Later that same year, Bramble was appointed a director of Allied Irish Bank and chief executive of the company’s USA division.
Bramble began his banking career in 1967 as an audit clerk with First National Bank of Maryland. Moving onward and upward, he founded his own consulting company, Bramble Associates, a strategic planning and financial analysis practice for approximately 35 bank and thrift clients.
He has also served as chairman of NationsBank Maryland, president and chief executive officer of Maryland National Bank, chairman and chief executive officer of American Security Bank and chairman of the board of Security Trust Company, N.A.
In the civic realm, Bramble is chairman of the University of Maryland Medical Systems, the Downtown Partnership, the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts, and a member of the Mayor of Baltimore’s Business Advisory Council. In 1998, he was honored by Loyola College in Maryland as Business Leader of the Year. He has also been named a Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Baltimore Area Chapter of Boy Scouts of America.
Bramble is a second-generation Irish American — his maternal grandmother was born in Dublin. He is married with six children.
Daniel P. Burnham
Revenue: $19.5 billion
Daniel P. Burnham was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Raytheon Company in 1998. Prior to this position, he was vice chairman and a member of the board of directors at AlliedSignal, where he presided over several of the company’s business and subsystems divisions, including AlliedSignal Aerospace, the industry’s largest equipment supplier.
Raytheon’s five divisions are located in Massachusetts and the company has a software center in Derry, Northern Ireland with plans to open another subsidiary, RE &C Operation, in Cork.
In addition to his position at Raytheon, Burnham is a member of the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association, sits on the board of directors of BankBoston and is a member of the Business Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Xavier University and an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.
“I was raised to be proud to be Irish — and I assure you that I am,” states this Michigan native and second-generation Irish American. Burnham traces his roots through his mother’s family to Athenry, Co. Galway. He is married with four children.♦