CLARK – The Irish Business Association (IBA) recently honored its 2011 award winners at the association’s third annual awards dinner, held June 14 at the Westwood in Garwood.
David Muldowney, Jr., CPA, of Middletown was named Small Business of the Year. The third-generation, family-owned company is a Monmouth County-based accounting firm located in Colts Neck. They have been providing tax, accounting and auditing services to clients of all sizes in a variety of business sectors and the nonprofit arena for more than 30 years. Kevin Muldowney, a third-generation Certified Public Accountant, joined the firm in 2002. David Muldowney is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Each year he chairs the IBA’s golf outing, the association’s primary fundraiser.
Bill Dwyer of Bayonne was honored as Man of the Year. He is vice president of human resources, risk management and corporate compliance at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, the largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the United States. He recently was appointed to the Health Care Workforce Council, a task force formed by the State Employment and Training Commission to develop a pipeline of well-educated and trained workers to meet future demands in the health care system. Dwyer, whose roots trace to County Cork and County Roscommon, Ireland, is a founding member of noted Irish band the Bantry Boys, a lifetime member and current chairman of the Bayonne Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and a member of the Friendly Sons of Shillelagh Jersey Shore.
Linda Bowden of Ridgewood was named Woman of the Year. She is the Northern New Jersey regional president of PNC Bank, responsible for providing executive leadership and supporting client relationship and business development initiatives across the firm’s lines of business in the region. Bowden is active in a variety of community programs, including The Family Service League in Montclair, the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood, Youth Consultation Services, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and William Paterson University.
“Each year the Irish Business Association recognizes a broad slice of the New Jersey business community with Irish roots,” said Al Nunan, IBA president and senior vice president of business banking at Capital One Bank. “There are 1.3 million New Jersey residents claiming Irish descent and Irish-Americans are found in every corner of commerce and community. This year’s honorees reflect both the breadth of the Irish in our state and the widening footprint of the Irish Business Association.”
The dinner also featured the dancers of the Deidra Shea School of Irish Dancing, who each year attend the event and perform a series of traditional Irish dances, and the traditional Irish music of Joe Dunne and his band.
“While the IBA is first and foremost a business group, we draw our character from our heritage,” Nunan said. “The Irish are very astute and successful business people but we also enjoy our fun. Traditional dancers and musicians are the perfect way to marry our two functions – promoting business relationships as well as personal interaction.”
The Irish Business Association meets the third Tuesday of each month at Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Clark.
Al Nunan (left), president of the Irish Business Association (IBA) and senior vice president of business banking at Capital One Bank, presents the IBA 2011 Small Business of the year Award to David Muldowney, Jr. of David Muldowney, Jr., CPA, in Middletown.
Bill Dwyer (center) of Bayonne, vice president of human resources, risk management and corporate compliance at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, accepts the Irish Business Association (IBA) Man of the Year from Al Nunan (left), IBA president and senior vice president of business banking at Capital One Bank, and Pat Sheridan, IBA founder and an exclusive financial specialist with All State New Jersey.
Linda Bowden accepts the Irish Business Association (IBA) Woman of the Year award from Brian Rafferty (left), a partner at the law firm of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, and Al Nunan, IBA president and senior vice president of business banking at Capital One Bank. (All photos courtesy of the Irish Business Association)
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