Ambassador’s Awards Archive

2017 Ambassador’s Awards

Ambassador's Awards 2017 Our distinguished awards were presented by the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States,  Her Excellency Anne Anderson.

 

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The Ambassador Award is presented each year to a member company that has helped to carry out the Chamber’s mission of strengthening business and educational ties between Ireland and the United States.  The 2017 Ambassador’s Award was presented to Beneficial Bank.  Gerard P. Cuddy, President and CEO, accepted on behalf of Beneficial.

 

Penn Mutual Eileen McDonnellThe Taoiseach, or “Chieftain,” Award complements the Ambassador Award by recognizing an individual of Irish descent who has exemplified leadership and compassion.  The recipient of the 2017 Taoiseach Award is Eileen McDonnell, Chair and CEO of Penn Mutual.

 

 

 

Sean A RooneyThe Uachtarán, or “President’s,” Award honors Ireland’s president and that office’s tradition of building cultural and economic alliances.  The recipient of the 2017 Uachtarán Award is Sean Rooney, Founder of the Kelly Rooney Foundation.kelly-rooney-foundation-logo

 

 


Afternoon Networking Reception
This year, we expanded our  tasting stations to include whiskey provided by Castle Brands, and Molly’s Irish Creme. We will also hosted a traditional Irish seisiún featuring IABCN members performing together for the first time. Video coming soon!

 


2016 Ambassador’s Awards

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The Ambassador Award is presented each year to a member company that has helped to carry out the Chamber’s mission of strengthening business and educational ties between Ireland and the United States.  The 2016 Ambassador’s Award was presented to Almac Group.  Kevin Stephens, Group Finance Director, accepted the award on behalf of Almac.

 

IMG_2324The Taoiseach, or “Chieftain,” Award complements the Ambassador Award by recognizing individuals of Irish decent who have exemplified leadership and compassion.  The recipients of the 2016 Taoiseach Award are Bill & Natalie McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Morgan, Inc.

 

 

scan0004The Uachtarán, or “President’s,” Award honors Ireland’s president and that office’s tradition of building cultural and economic alliances.  The recipient of the 2016 Uachtaran Award is Msgr. Michael Doyle, Pastor of Sacred Heart Camden.

 

 

 

CG-Jones-162px The Consul General of Ireland, Ms. Barbara Jones, conferred the awards.

 

 

 

 

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The Northern Irish government was represented by Mr. Norman Houston, Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau    2016AMB-final-sponsors


2015 Ambassador’s Awards

Click HERE to read press coverage of our event. Click HERE to listen to Ambassador Anderson’s interview with KYW. Ambassador's Awards 2015

Ambassador's Breakfast, 3/5/15

(left to right) Kathy O’Dea, CFO, Metro Corp Media; Sr. Ester Anderson, OSF, Congregational minister for the Sisters of St. Francis; Christine Hartmann, Director, Executive MBA and M.S. in Food Marketing, Saint Joseph’s University; HE Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the US; Theresa Flanagan Murtagh, GC and Partner, Murtagh Construction, Inc; Sr. Marguerite O’Beirne, OSF, VP Mission and Ministry, Neumann University; Elizabeth Murphy, Vice President, External Affairs, PECO; Kyra McGrath, VP for Strategic Projects and General Counsel, WHYY – TV

 

qvc joy red logoThe Ambassador Award is presented each year to a member company that has helped to carry out the Chamber’s mission of strengthening business and educational ties between Ireland and the United States.  Past honorees include SAP, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Shire Plc, ARAMARK, The Vanguard Group, ICON Plc, Amicus Therapeutics, Siemens, Wyeth, ICT Group, GMAC Commercial Holding Corporation, and Cross Atlantic Capital Partners.

 

frankReynolds-headshot-1The Taoiseach, or “Chieftain,” Award complements the Ambassador Award by recognizing individuals of Irish decent who have exemplified leadership and compassion.  The recipient of this year’s Taoiseach Award is Frank Reynolds, Chairman and CEO of PixarBio Corporation. His own spinal cord injury in 1992 drove him to co-found InVivo Therapeutics, and most recently PixarBio Corp.  He is a co-inventor on over 50 pending or issued patent applications utilizing biomaterials for central and peripheral nervous systems and for GMP manufacturing of biomaterials.

 

CBS-CW-smallThe Uachtarán, or “President’s,” Award honors Ireland’s president and that office’s tradition of building cultural and economic alliances.  The recipient of this year’s Uachtaran Award is CBS 3.  Since 2004, CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 have proudly brought area viewers the St. Patrick’s Day Parade – the second oldest parade in the country and the largest and oldest in the Philadelphia area – live on CBS 3 and streamed live on www.cbsphilly.com.  The parade rebroadcasts on St. Patrick’s Day on the CW Philly 57.  KYW-TV was also the founding media sponsor of The Irish Memorial, spearheading the fundraising effort to bring the sculpture– artist Glenna Goodacre’s salute to America’s Irish Immigrants – to its site at Penn’s Landing, where many immigrants disembarked.


2014 Ambassador’s Awards

Ambassador's Awards 2014

amb-awards-img On Thursday, February 20th, the Irish Chamber had the distinct pleasure of recognizing and celebrating our 2014 Ambassador Awards recipients, and meeting our new Ambassador, Her Excellency Anne Anderson. Last year, the crowd at The Bellevue numbered nearly 400, which is the largest in Chamber history. Ann Claffey Baiada, RN, CRRN received this year’s Uachtarán Award. Ann was recognized as a person of Irish descent who has made a significant civic contributions. Denis P. O’Brien, senior executive vice president of Exelon Corporation and CEO of Exelon Utilities (which includes PECO), was chosen to receive the 2014 Taoiseach Award, given to individuals of Irish descent who shows “exemplary leadership and compassion.” The 2014 Ambassador Award honoree was SAP, the German multinational business software company with a US headquarters in Newtown Square and more than 1200 employees in three offices in Ireland. In his acceptance speech, SAP US President, Gregory McStravick, echoed Ambassador Anderson’s comments, citing Ireland’s highly educated populace and favorable business atmosphere, that “no one invests in Ireland for sentimental reasons.” “We’re not doing it for sentimental reasons,” he told the crowd. “We’re not doing it because we’re good people, though we are. We’re doing it because it makes good sense for our business. . .and there are great benefits to doing business in Ireland.”


2013 Ambassador’s Awards

Ambassador's Awards 2013