Happy April from the IIBN New York Chapter!


Upcoming Events

Wireless and the Fourth Industrial Revolution:

A Talk with Ronan Dunne, EVP & Group President Verizon Wireless

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Grant Thornton
757 Third Ave, between 47 and 48 St, NY,
9th floor


RSVP for April 11th-  Wireless and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

A Talk with Ronan Dunne, EVP and President of Verizon Wireless

Join us as Ronan explores The Fourth Industrial Revolution - what to expect with innovations such as next generation wireless 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things, and how to make the most of the opportunities ahead. In a firechat, we'll do a deep dive into societal concerns - bridging the digital divide and need for STEM education. 

Networking and reception to follow. Tickets going fast

For more information & to RSVP click here.

Concern Spring Run

Date: Saturday, April 7
Location: Central Park, 102nd St & East Dr
Distance: 4 miles

Start time: 9:30 am


A Look Back...

St. Patricks Festivities

 Ireland Day

Many of our friends and members participated in the eighth annual Ireland Day at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday March 13th.

Ireland INC, the forum connecting Irish and US business across the globe, hosted the Leadership Breakfast event. It brought together business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss ‘The Footprint & Future of Irish Investment in the United States’.Participants and Speakers included Paul Marchant (CEO Primark), Congressman Richard Neal, Congressman Brendan Boyle, Anne Heraty (CEO, Cpl and then-president of Ibec), Martin Shanahan (CEO, IDA Ireland), Terence O’Rourke (chairman, Enterprise Ireland), Mark Redmond (American Chamber of Commerce Ireland), Thomas Farley (CEO, NYSE) and US Embassy Dublin Chargé d’Affaires Reece Smyth.


Ireland Day also saw the launch of the a new initiative, the Ireland INC Index, in association with KPMG, an annually-updated listing which will profile the top 50 Irish companies creating employment in the United States.

Ian Hyland, President of Ireland INC, said: “The footprint of Irish Business across the US is now significant and growing in all sectors. In this regard, the Ireland INC Index will create a vital and trusted source of reference to track Irish investment on a continuous basis.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, at the Leadership Breakfast, commented on the strong link between the United States and Ireland: “In a world of relentless change, one constant is the depth and durability of Irish-US commercial linkages. Both parties are deeply embedded in each other’s economy, creating mutual benefits for all stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The story of US investment in Ireland is one that is well told, but what is often overlooked is the two-way relationship that exists, with figures estimated for numbers employed by Irish firms in the US at 120,000. In total 227 Irish companies are based in over 2,600 locations, in all 50 states across the USA. In California alone, Irish companies account for over 25,000 jobs.
US Chargé d’Affaires Reece Smyth has described the relationship between the US and Ireland as, “A two-way relationship, once a country lane, US-Irish commercial activity is now a superhighway.”

Enterprise Ireland Roundtable

On St. Patrick’s Day in Washington D.C., Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, hosted a discussion that brought together top executives from Irish firms responsible for the creation of a combined 50,000 jobs in the United States. The roundtable explored business opportunities facing Irish businesses operating in the United States, how the Irish government can support investment and growth in the United States and ideas for advancing partnerships with United States business. 


The meeting was attended by Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government agency for international development of Irish businesses, and Sean Davis, Regional Director, North America for Enterprise Ireland.

Also in attendance was IIBN's own Courtney Sunna, Chairwoman of the Future Leaders Board & VP Sales, Allergy Standards Ltd.

Grand Slam
And last but not least, the best St. Patricks event of all.........


Bank of Ireland Start Lab 2.0

Bank of Ireland startlab New York is a technology incubator setup in 2017 to help grow and scale tech startups entering North America and is the first offering of its kind from an Irish bank outside of Ireland.

Each program provides technologycompaniesthe opportunity to access free co-working space in NYC for a 12-month period. Additionally, BOI will work closely with the selected teams to help get them on their feet, making introductions to key venture capitalists, state agencies and relevant intermediaries based in the city.
Applications for the 2018 cohort arenowunder way. For more information, and to apply visithttps://www.f6s.com/startlabnewyork/apply. Follow on twitter @boistartups.
Contact Catherine.Slattery@boi.com.

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Member Spotlight

Dave Evans


IIBN Board Member Dave Evans, is based in the New York office of Canyon CTS and is focused primarily on assisting US companies in connection with the implementation of their international expansion plans.  He has assisted various US private equity groups, venture capital firms, technology corporations, life science companies, beverage distribution groups, medical device companies and software groups in relation to their European expansion projects.  


Dave has over 17 years’ experience working with US based multinational organizations in relation to their European operations.   He sits on the board of New York based charity, Camp Herrlich.  Dave also sits on he board of CMRF (Children’s Medical & Research Foundation, Inc.), a pediatric cancer research charity connected to Crumlin Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.  He is a founding member and past chairman of the Emerging Leaders’ Board of the CMRF in New York.  David is also a board member of the Ireland-US Council in New York.

How did the IIBN help you to establish relationships in New York? 

When I first moved to New York in 2006 I felt the networking opportunities offered by the IIBN were impressive and allowed me access to the Irish- American business community in New York. I had known a few of the IIBN Board Members for the past few years and have always been impressed by the group and what they achieve as a group. 

Where is your favourite place to go both during the day and at night in New York? 

That is a tough question as there is so much choice in this city, During the day I would have to say a stroll through Central Park is always welcome during the better weather. At night time I would say a walk around Soho, dinner on Spring St, followed by a night-cap one of the fantastic bars in the area. 

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