Irish Business Association Honors 2013 Annual Award Winners

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The honorees at the Irish Business Association (IBA) 2013 Awards Dinners (left to right holding awards) Deirdre Shea, co-owner of the Shea-Jennings School of Irish Dance; Patrick Wildridge of Paul Davis Restoration of Union and Essex Counties; and Al Nunan of Wells Fargo Business Banking. They are flanked by IBA vice president Thomas Farrell of RegentAtlantic Capital, LLC; Kate Conroy, vice president of the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce; and IBA president Brian Reilly of Centric Benefits Consulting. (Photo courtesy of Irish Business Association)

The honorees at the Irish Business Association (IBA) 2013 Awards Dinners (left to right holding awards) Deirdre Shea, co-owner of the Shea-Jennings School of Irish Dance; Patrick Wildridge of Paul Davis Restoration of Union and Essex Counties; and Al Nunan of Wells Fargo Business Banking. They are flanked by IBA vice president Thomas Farrell of RegentAtlantic Capital, LLC; Kate Conroy, vice president of the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce; and IBA president Brian Reilly of Centric Benefits Consulting. (Photo courtesy of Irish Business Association)

GARWOOD – The Irish Business Association (IBA) of New Jersey honored their 2013 Man of the Year, Woman of the Year and Company of the Year at the association’s 5th Annual Awards Dinner, held at the Westwood in Garwood earlier this week.

Al Nunan of Mendham was named Man of the Year for his past and present support of the IBA. Nunan, principal business relationship manager at Wells Fargo Business Banking, served as IBA president from 2008-2012, during which time the association grew membership, introduced its annual awards dinner, launched a web site and became active in social media and expanded relationships with other Irish-American groups.

Deirdre Shea of Cranford was honored as Woman of the Year. Shea is co-owner of the Shea-Jennings School of Irish Dance, with studios in Garwood, Millburn and Spring Lake. Shea’s school has produced dancers who have placed in the top five at the North American Nationals and the top five at the World Champions. Each year dancers from the Shea-Jennings Irish School of Dance perform at the IBA Awards Dinner.

Paul Davis Restoration of Union and Essex Counties was named Company of the Year. Under the direction of Pat Wildridge of Clark, Paul Davis Restoration of Union and Essex Counties supports an array of community causes and business associations throughout the year, including the New Jersey Firefighter’s Mutual Benevolent Association and local emergency response personnel as well as the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Union County.

“Each year the Irish Business Association recognizes a broad slice of the New Jersey business and cultural communities with Irish roots,” said Brian Reilly, IBA president and senior account executive at Centric Benefits Consulting.  ”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.”


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