November 6th 2014- AIHS Annual Dinner
6:30-10:00pm Nov 6th, 2014
Wilbur Ross, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of WL Ross and Co. LLC has been named as the 2014 Gold Medalist of the American Irish Historical Society. Mr. Ross may be one of the best known private equity investors in the U.S. His private equity funds bought Bethlehem Steel and several other bankrupt producers and revitalized them into the largest U.S. producer before merging them into Mittal Steel for $4.5 billion. He remains a director of what is now ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company. He also created and chairs International Textile Group, the most global American company in that industry, and International Auto Components Group, a $4.5 billion producer of instrument panels and other interior components operating in 17 countries. He’s the Chairman of Diamond S Shipping and previously chaired International Coal Group which was sold to Arch Coal for $3.4 billion. He is a member of the boards of Assured Guaranty, EXCO and Ocwen and the director of Navigator, all NYSE listed. He is also a member of the board of Sun Bancorp which is traded over the counter, and Talmer Bancorp which is listed on the NASDAQ.
Mr. Ross was Executive Managing Director of Rothschild Inc. for 24 years before acquiring that firm’s private equity partnerships in 2000. He is a member of the boards of Yale University School of Management, The Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Business School, Partnership for New York City, Palm Beach Civic Association, Business Roundtable and the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation. He is Chairman of the Japan Society and the Brookings Institution Economics Studies Council and a Trustee of the Town of Palm Beach Retirement System and the Magritte Museum in Brussels. President Kim Dae Jung awarded him a medal for his assistance in Korea’s financial crisis, President Clinton appointed him to the board of the U.S.—Russia Investment Fund and he served as Privatization Advisor to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Ross formerly served as Chairman of the Smithsonian Institution National Board. He is a graduate of Yale University and of Harvard Business School (with distinction). He is the only person to be elected to both the Private Equity Hall of Fame and the Turnaround Management Association Hall of Fame. Bloomberg BusinessWeek designated him one of the 50 most influential people in global finance.
Breakfast Lecture with Aiden Feerick
After completing studies in Genealogy at University College Dublin under noted Irish genealogist Mr Sean J Murphy MA, Mr. Feerick joined fellow classmate, John Hamrock in establishing the genealogical research company, Ancestor Network Ltd. Since 2009, Mr. Ferrick has researched different aspects of families throughout the island of Ireland and beyond.
He has regularly attended the Who Do You Think You Are shows in London and more recently in Glasgow. While manning the Ancestor Network stand, he has given many people advice on how to start their family history, made suggestions about how to get around brick walls and helped people read and decipher original documents. Mr. Ferrick has been part of a team, made up of two companies, Eneclann and Ancestor Network, who won the contract to provide family history advice at the National Library of Ireland. This year, he was project manager and liaison person between the companies and the Library.
As well as being a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland, Mr. Feerick is also a member of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, the Irish Genealogical Research Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) in the USA.
Mr. Feerick’s presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer session.