NEW YORK, July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifty of the nation's top Irish-American business leaders were honored last evening at the prestigious "Wall Street 50" awards, co-hosted by Irish America magazine and business communications firm Financial Dynamics. Senator John McCain was the special guest speaker for the evening and spoke of his support for the Wall Street business community and Irish America, while John Duffy, Chairman and CEO, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, gave the keynote address and received the first Hall of Fame Award for his distinguished professional career and stewardship of the company during and since the events of September 11, 2001. Commenting on Irish America's impact on the business community, Senator John McCain said, "As they do with most things in life, the Irish in America conduct business on Wall Street with great passion, energy and innovation. It is not surprising that Irish Americans have attained the highest levels of success in the financial world, and in doing so these men and women have contributed greatly to the fabric of our country and our economy. I am honored to have spent time with such talented business leaders and I look forward to celebrating their future endeavors." Now in its ninth year, the Wall Street 50 honors Irish business leaders who are selected for their outstanding achievements, business success, community accomplishments and commitment to their Irish heritage. This year's award recipients were joined by business leaders, family and honored guests at the event, which was presided over by CNBC Television anchor Bob O'Brien as master of ceremonies at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan. Patricia Harty, Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Irish America, said, "The history of the Irish in America is one of triumph over tragedy and nowhere is this more evident than on Wall Street. As the fifth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we are mindful of those we lost as we honor the men and women of our Wall Street 50 who had the strength and determination to carry on and rebuild." Irish America Founding Publisher Niall O'Dowd commented, "The Wall Street 50 is an extraordinary event which highlights the leading Irish Americans on Wall Street. In its nine years it has blazed a trail in identifying those to whom heritage and business success go hand in hand. This year we are especially delighted that Senator John McCain joined us at our event. We also welcome the continued participation of Financial Dynamics as our co-host of the evening." Declan Kelly, CEO of Financial Dynamics-US, said, "We are pleased to join together again with Irish America to recognize the remarkable achievements of this year's outstanding business leaders. The prominence of these individuals is a testament to the profound impact Irish Americans continue to make in the world of global finance, and we are proud to honor them." The Wall Street 50 coincides with the release of the August/September issue of Irish America magazine, available now, which features a cover story interview with Senator McCain, an extensive article about John Duffy, as well as detailed profiles on each of the honorees. The ongoing success of the awards is made possible through the support of Mutual of America, 1-800-Flowers, PR Newswire, The American Ireland Funds, The Merrion Hotel, Tourism Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP and Waterford Crystal who presented specially-selected commemoration pieces to this year's honorees. About Irish America Magazine - Irish America is the leading national glossy publication of Irish interest in North America. Since its inception in October 1985, Irish America magazine has become a powerful vehicle for expression on a range of political, economic, social and cultural themes that are of paramount importance to the Irish in the United States. It has helped re-establish the Irish ethnic identity in the U.S. (40 million according to the last U.S. census) and highlighted the best political and business leaders, organizations, artists, writers and community figures among the Irish in America. About FD - FD is a leading business communications and consulting firm with a 20 year history advising global brands on all facets of their communication strategies. FD is structured around four key offerings that include corporate communications, investor relations, public affairs and business consulting. Co-headquartered in London and New York, FD provides seamless cross-border service through a network of offices across Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. The firm is structured around specialist sector teams operating on an international basis and is management owned in partnership with private equity firm Advent International. For more information, visit www.fd.com.
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