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November 6th 2014AIHS Annual Dinner 

6:30-10:00pm Nov 6th, 2014

Wilbur L Ross, Jr.

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.

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Words to Love and Live By

featuring Naomi O’Connell
accompaniment by Brent Funderburk

As a part of it’s ongoing concert series with The Julliard School of Music, The American Irish Historical Society is proud to present Naomi O’Connnell and Brent Funderburk performing a concert entitled “Words to Love and Live By”.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Doors open at 5:30pm, concert begins promptly at 6pm
Four Songs (Op. 12) – Hermann Zilcher
Selections from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson – Aaron Copland
Selections from Cabaret Songs – William Bolcom

“How do we anchor ourselves from day to day? How do we learn to grow up? How do we carry on after someone close to us has passed away? I look on this recital as a self-help book of song – words and music that can comfort, heal and teach.”

Hailed by The New York Times as a “radiant mezzo-soprano,” Irish singer Naomi O’Connell made her West End debut in London starring in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play Master Class opposite Tyne Daly in 2012. The Times hailed her performance as “…spectacular,” and The Independent lauded her “…thrilling rendering of an aria from Verdi’s Macbeth.” A gifted musician and natural performer, Ms. O’Connell deftly balances her love of opera with that of art song, musical theatre and popular song with repertoire ranging from Schumann, Strauss and Ravel to Bernstein, Kurt Weill and Randy Newman.
Brought up in County Clare, Ireland, Ms. O’Connell began her vocal studies with Archie Simpson and holds a BA Honors degree from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where she studied with singing teacher Mary Brennan. Ms. O’Connell holds a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma in Opera Studies from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Marlena Malas and Dr. Robert White. Her recordings have been broadcasted on WQXR, BBC Three, Bayerischer Rundfunk, RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio One and Lyric FM.

Tickets $40
10% Discount for Individual Members
20% Discount for Sustaining Members
Free for Sponsors and Patrons with reservation

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 The White House, January 16, 1909