Ted Smyth, a former diplomat and business executive, is a leader in the Irish American community through his writing, service on the boards of key Irish organizations, and support for the mission of the IBO and other organizations.
The award annually celebrates individuals who exemplify the values of IBO President for three terms, Sean McNeill: his extraordinary generosity, his commitment to the community and his support of the IBO’s philosophy of “Network, Communicate, Reciprocate”. .
“Each year the IBO Board considers an impressive list of Sean McNeill Award opportunities, but for 2021 Ted Smyth was the perfect choice,” said IBO President John Lee.
“Following his distinguished diplomatic and corporate career, Ted applied his talents to supporting major Irish and Irish-American initiatives. He was a regular contributor to our many IBO events, an outstanding speaker for us and a valuable sounding board for Me personally.
Growing up in rural County Westmeath, Smyth earned a bachelor’s degree 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 in a career marked by his work on the peace process in Northern Ireland.
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 an MA in Irish Studies.
“I am truly honored to receive this award named in honor of someone who personified the grace, generosity and inclusion of the Irish Business Organization and the Irish American community at large,” said Ted Smyth .
He continued, “The IBO, led by its dedicated President and leaders, has made a huge difference in terms of networking for business opportunities in the Tri-State area, including stepping up the fight against Covid lockdowns. .
Ted Smyth will receive the 2021 Sean McNeill Award at an IBO event in early 2022.
I am so honored and genuinely humbled by this award from an organization and board that does so much for Irish people and Irish Americans, including during the challenges of Covid @IrishBusinessNY @johnleemedia @auntytem @Paul_NY @eemscully @IrelandinNY https://t.co/8D48ipox1Q
—Ted Smyth (@TedSmyth) December 15, 2021
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