Cara Sloan -IIBN NY Treasurer, Head of U.S Irish Business Group New York, Grant Thornton LLP

Cara joined Grant Thornton Ireland in 2009 and progressed to Associate Director in the Financial Services Advisory department. She has eight years’ experience in advising corporate clients and financial institutions, regarding complex restructuring and recovery transactions, with extensive strategic experience in the financial sector.

Cara relocated to New York in November 2017 to Grant Thornton U.S. where she joined the Transaction Services team focussing on Diligence projects. Cara leads the U.S Irish Business Group New York desk, a collaborative initiative between the U.S. and Irish member firms, whose primary purpose is to provide clients, who have operations in both the U.S. and Ireland, with fully integrated services.

Cara is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ACA) and a member of the Institute of Project Management, Ireland. Cara has a MBs in Management Consultancy from Michael Smurfit Business School and a first class honours degree in International Commerce from University College Dublin (UCD).  

What attracted you to initially joining the IIBN? 
Grant Thornton have a long history with the IIBN, both the Dublin and New York Chapter. Both my predecessors in the U.S. Irish Business Group, Dara Kelly and Frankie Cronin, sat on the New York Board and really benefitted from the experience. Since 2013 we have been able to make so many connections with the Irish diaspora in the States, and vice versa, and have built a strong client base through the IIBN. In my opinion the IIBN is an established and highly regarded network that everyone recognises. As above it has opened up so much communication and opportunities for our firm, with like-minded professionals.
How long have you been in NY?/ how much of a role has the network played in ensuring you are settled & allowing you to meet new people? 
I’m a newbie! I arrived in New York in November past (having visited briefly in July, on honeymoon, on my own, as my new husband lost his passport in Portugal at our wedding but that’s another story…) The IIBN has played a massive part in both my, and my husband’s, settling in. We have met so many inspirational Irish and Irish American people in a similar situation to us. The IIBN has unlocked a massive network to help me fulfil my role in promoting GT as a multi-service international professional firm.  
And Finally, where are you favourite places in New York both during the day and at night?
Tough question given the masses of places in NYC, and the limited time I’ve been here! During the day, apart from my desk of course (!), I really loved the walk over Brooklyn bridge, the views are incredible. My ice skating skills have greatly improved also! At night, we love to eat (and have the odd beverage) around the West Village/Soho. Too many cool bars and restaurants to have a favourite!