AIHS Annual Dinner at The Waldorf Astoria
About the 2016 Annual Dinner
The Annual Dinner of The American Irish Historical Society is a black tie event held each year in the Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf Astoria Hotel located at 301 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022. This year’s Annual Dinner will be held on Nov. 3 2016. The culmination of the Annual Dinner is the Gold Medal award. The 2016 Gold Medal recipient will be Kevin M. McGovern. If you would like to attend the Annual Dinner, please fill out the form below.
2016 Gold Medal Recipient
Kevin McGovern is the Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital and The Water Initiative, which co-creates customized and sustainable drinking water solutions through innovative partnerships with municipalities, business and local microentrepreneurs in developing and developed countries. The Water Initiative (“TWI”) is the first company in the world to be chosen by municipalities and healthcare companies to install point-of-drinking devices in lieu of central treatment plants and is a recipient of the Artemis Award as a global leader in advanced water technology. TWI has been chosen as exclusive product development partner to leading global municipalities, housewares, utility, healthcare, and mining companies.
Through McGovern Capital, he has co-founded over fifteen companies, six of which have become world/category leaders, has been lead negotiator/principal in over twenty (20) global joint ventures. McGovern Capital serves as an investment, strategy and licensing participant and advisor to global business. McGovern was a founder of SoBe Beverages, the fastest growing beverage company ever in the US (sold to Pepsi), and McGovern Capital was one of three owners of KX Industries, L.P., the largest manufacturer and worldwide source of carbon water purification filters, having invented and supplied PUR to P&G, the first end-of-tap filter to Brita, and the first refrigerator water filter to Electrolux. He also created the program, supervised and negotiated all licensing of Tristrata’s alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) patents, which technology was incorporated in approximately 40% of all global skin care products, and is sold in approximately 84 countries. He serves/served on many public and private boards including The Sports Authority (Exec. Committee- NYSE).
Mr. McGovern is also known for his nanotechnology involvement, serving as co-chairman of Angstrom Publishing LLC, which together with Forbes publishes a global monthly nanotechnology newsletter currently entitled The Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report. He is a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian (the world’s largest research and museum institution) and is a Trustee Emeritus and a Presidential Councilor (highest honor to alumnus) of Cornell University (having served as the Co-Chairman of the Technology Transfer Committee). Mr. McGovern was named the Cornell “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2007, was given St. John’s University School of Law’s “Distinguished Alumni Award” and awarded The East West Institute’s “Global Game Changer Award.” The Luce Foundation honored him as it’s 2015 Humanitarian of the Year. He also teaches a course on “Global Innovation and Commercialization” at the graduate business school at Cornell University and is a guest lecturer at Cornell NY Tech, MIT, NTU in Singapore, and KAUST in Saudi Arabia. The McGovern Family Incubator for Life Sciences at Cornell University was recently acclaimed as one of the Top 10 Venture Development Centers in North America.
Mr. McGovern served on the Board of the US Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai and was appointed (only foreigner) to the Expo’s Post-Development Committee. He is also Vice Chairman of the Silver Shield Foundation, providing assistance to families of policemen and firemen who die in the line of duty in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Mr. McGovern is the son of Thomas Edward McGovern from Fenagh in Leitrim County, Ireland.
Lawrence W. Casey (Larry) comes from a family of shoe and boot makers who came to America to Astoria, Queens during the famine from County Kings – now called Offaly – from a town called Philipstown – now called Daingean. Casey, Long Island born, now lives in Florida where he focuses most of his time specializing in the Asian market mostly in China and Japan setting up joint ventures and exporting US products and services to Asia. He is a graduate of Alfred University and St. John's University School of Law where he met Kevin McGovern and began a long friendship and business relationship. He was Of Counsel to Mr. McGovern's law firm in Greenwich CT, and worked closely with him on various business ventures and advises him on certain Water Initiative projects. He is also the nephew of the late William J. Casey, former CIA Director, SEC Chairman, Under Secretary of State, President of Export-Import Bank, a New Yorker, a celebrated Irish American, an active leader and author in the legal, business, financial and political affairs of the area.
Larry Casey’s impressive career spans more than 40 years years in law, management in the Federal Government and Congress, State government, Non- Profit management, political management, and entrepreneurship in the private sector. Currently, along with his Asian interests, he specializes in public affairs, public policy matters, government relations, business development, public/private partnerships, and domestic and international business.
Mr. Casey’s Federal service includes; Chief of Staff and senior staff to several Congressmen, senior executive management appointed positions in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush Presidential administrations and as an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He also has close relationships with our national security infrastructure, and was Executive Director of a bi-partisan Coalition of 26 US Senators.
In the private sector, Mr. Casey has been an entrepreneur and worked as an international businessman and public affairs/political strategist. Mr. Casey has had successful business efforts in dozens of countries with a 35 year long special focus in the China, Taiwan and Japanese markets. He helped found firms in Florida, New York and Nevada to initiate foreign joint ventures, business intelligence, and business enterprises domestically and strategic alliances in the Asian market. Locally, in Florida, he served as CEO of the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast Regional Red Cross in Florida, with a population base of almost 2 million people and over 3,000 volunteers and it received a national award under his