Above Picture: (left to right) Dara Kelly, Director, US Irish Business Group, Grant Thornton; Warren Zola, Executive Director, Boston College Chief Executives Club; Neil Naughton, Deputy Chairman, Glen Dimplex; Fionnuala Quinlan, Consul General of Ireland, Boston; John Anthony, President & CEO, Anthony Travel; Peter Resnick, Office Managing Partner, Boston Office, Grant Thornton.
Boston College Chief Executives Club Announces Global Forum in Dublin
Event in Conjunction with Aer Lingus Football Classic; Aimed at Re-establishing Ties Between Boston and Ireland’s Business Communities
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – The Boston College Chief Executives Club is going global. Today a packed ballroom of more than 300 of the Club’s members learned of plans to hold the inaugural Boston College Chief Executives Club Global Forum in Dublin, Ireland on September 2, 2016. The event will be part of the events surrounding the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, which will feature Boston College taking on Georgia Tech the next day.
“Both Boston College and the City of Boston have deep roots in Ireland,” says Warren Zola, Executive Director of the Boston College Chief Executives Club. “Given the history and tradition, it seems only natural to re-engage these two communities, and to do so by strengthening those business communities.”
The sponsors of the game – business and government leaders in Ireland – view the events surrounding the football game as extremely important, which helps explain the moniker they’ve chosen: “More Than A Game.” A principal purpose of the game is to develop business connections and relationships with members of the Ireland and New England business communities – a task made a little bit easier given the incentives Ireland offers and the fact that it’s home for many New England companies as their European headquarters.
“The people of Ireland know what’s trying to be achieved,” says Neil Naughton, chairman of the Irish Steering Committee and deputy chairman of the Glen Dimplex Group. “They know it’s not just about a few hours of football played on the turf – it’s everything that follows American football. They know there’s going to be a hard edge and a business focus to it.”
Likely co-hosted by a CEO from Boston and another from Dublin, the event will include a panel discussion on a relevant issue of the day, such as the use of technology in developing a global economy. Not only are members of the Boston College CEO Club invited to attend, but so are past speakers, who will make up the audience of prominent business leaders from Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is also expected to be in attendance.
“The success of the Boston College Chief Executives Club is predicated on bringing CEOs from around the country, and around the globe, together with business leaders from our region to connect, network, and learn,” says Zola. “To bring this to an international stage is a natural progression and a fantastic opportunity for Boston College, the Carroll School of Management, and our members.”
For the 23-year-old Club, the event signals a further shift to the global stage. Already established as the leading speaking forum in the country, the Club views this event as an opportunity to extend its brand by extending its reach – on the road.
“Boston College began as a small commuter school for Irish immigrants, and today is recognized as a leading global university,” says Zola. “Likewise, the Boston College Chief Executives Club is growing from the country’s premier speaking forum to one recognized on the global stage. I am thrilled to take advantage of this incredible opportunity on behalf of our members and to continue to promote the prestige of the Carroll School of Management.”
“The Boston College Chief Executives Club luncheon will be eagerly anticipated by the business community in Ireland,” says Naughton. “Admittance will be by invitation only and will literally be the ticket money can’t buy.”