Ted Smyth, a former diplomat and business executive, is a leader in the Irish-American community through his writing, his service on the boards of key Irish organizations, and his support for the IBO’s mission and d ‘other organizations.
The award annually celebrates those individuals who embody the values of three-term IBO President Sean McNeill: his extraordinary generosity, his commitment to the community, and his support for the IBO’s ethics “Network, Communication, Reciprocity. “.
“Each year the IBO Board of Directors reviews an impressive list of Sean McNeill award possibilities, but for 2021 Ted Smyth was the perfect choice,” said IBO President John Lee.
“After his distinguished diplomatic and professional career, Ted applied his talents to supporting key Irish and Irish-American initiatives. He was a regular contributor to our many IBO events, an exceptional speaker for us and a valuable sounding board for me personally.
Growing up in rural County Westmeath, Smyth received a BA in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin. He was an Irish diplomat from 1972 to 1988 in Portugal, Geneva, the United States and the United Kingdom during a career marked by his work on the peace process in Northern Ireland.
After moving to the United States, he became a senior executive at two Fortune 200 companies and held several board positions.
Smyth is now Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Clinton Institute at University College Dublin and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, where he also earned a Masters in Irish Studies.
“I am truly honored to receive this award named for someone who has personified the grace, generosity and inclusion of the Irish Business Organization and the Irish American community in general,” said Ted Smyth.
He continued, “The IBO, led by its president and dedicated leadership, has made a huge difference in terms of networking for business opportunities in the tri-state region, including stepping up the fight against isolation measures. Covid. “
Ted Smyth will receive the 2021 Sean McNeill Award at an IBO event in early 2022.
I am so honored and frankly humbled by this award from an organization and board of directors that do so much for Irish and Irish Americans, including during the challenges of Covid. @IrishBusinessNY @johnleemedia @tantetem @Paul_NY @eemscully @IrelandinNY https://t.co/8D48ipox1Q
– Ted Smyth (@TedSmyth) December 15, 2021
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