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New York-New Belfast Connect 2016
June 2, 2016 - June 3, 2016£50.00 – £1850.00
On 2 and 3 June, 2016 the seventh annual New York-New Belfast conference took place at the prestigious Fordham University – Lincoln Center. The conference highlighted the bridges of progress and prosperity being built between the citizens of the two great cities of New York and Belfast, looking optimistically to the future while celebrating our shared past. A Belfast delegation of community, cultural and business leaders met with their New York counterparts to discuss investment, embedding the peace, tourism, the arts and how they can work together to the mutual benefit of their communities.
Front and center of our discussions was the digital rise of Belfast. This year, we placed a special focus on matchmaking between our partners, allowing Irish American organizations, businesses and institutions to showcase their offering to our Belfast delegation. These are community-based businesses making a difference and boasting staffs of unsurpassed talent and commitment. We have no doubt that they and the communities they serve will, with your support, continue to prosper in the time ahead.
Highlights of the program included: a visit to the World Trade Center hosted by Dara McQuillan of Silverstein Properties, inspiring discussions, the presentation of The Irish Echo’s Irish American of the Year Award to Congressman Peter King, the ninth annual US-Ireland Top 50 Companies luncheon, and our farewell finale at the wonderful setting of Pier A Harbor Restaurant, Battery Park.
Thank you to our wonderful Honorary Chairs (Listed Below) business partners, speakers, delegates and the Belfast delegation who traveled to New York to set out their stall. New York-New Belfast connect in the Big Apple, the seventh year in a row that we have showcased the brilliance of Belfast to our American cousins. Roll on 2017.
Honorary Chairs of the conference: Andrea Haughian, VP Business Development, Invest NI, New York. Bill Cox, Cox Law Firm LLC & Cox. Christine C. Quinn, President & CEO Win. Council Member Daniel Dromm, Chair Education Committee, New York City Council. Erin Doyle, Producer Saturday Night Live. Francis Schott, Restaurateur. Geraldine Hughes, Actor/Writer/Producer. Jim Clerkin, President and CEO Moët Hennessey USA. John Connorton, Partner, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP. John J. Reilly, Partner Squire Patton Boggs. Prof. Joyce Sullivan, Founder and CEO of SocMediaFin, Inc. Larry Kirwan, Songwriter and Playwright. Leo McGuire, LPM Strategies LLC. Liam Lynch, Entrepreneur. Lorraine Turner, Head NI Bureau, New York. Margaret Molloy, Global CMO siegal+gale. Marcus Robinson, Artist. Margaret Molloy, Global CMO, siegel+gale. Mike Cusick, New York State Assembly. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, New York State Assembly. Rob Walsh, Distinguished Lecturer, Baruch College, The City University NY. Shaun Kelly, Global Chief Operating Officer – KPMG International. Sean McNeill, President, Irish Business Organization of New York, Steve Lenox, President Irish Network USA. Suzanne Aquino, Global Category Head- Professional Services, Chain IQ. Terry George, Director and Screenwriter. Tom Dunne, VP for Administration, Fordham University.