James Riley, Jr.
Former Managing Partner
Goldman Sachs New York
Jim Riley received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Saint John’s University in 1974; Masters in Business Administration in 1975; and an Honorary Degree of Doctor in 2003.
Jim is a retired partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs New York. He is the President of the Riley Family Foundation. Jim is a current Board of Trustees member of Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY. He co-chaired Sacred Heart’s first capital campaign in 2004 and is a current member of the Presidents Council/Parents at Villanova University. Jim is a former board member of Saint Joseph’s in Garden City, NY, former trustee’s member, executive communications member and chair of institutional advancement at Saint John’s University.
The Riley family is a sponsor of “Team We Care”. This team is active with many young people swimming, walking, running, and bowling for various charitable causes geared towards medical and educational fields.
In 2001 Jim was selected as Big Brothers Man of the Year. In 2002 he endowed the Student Manage Investment Fund at Saint John’s University and the Catholic Big Brothers University Scholarship. In 2003, Jim endowed the Children’s Aid Society University Scholarship. At Villanova University in 2005, Jim endowed the Riley Family Campus Ministry program. Jim is active in endowing scholarships for children’s aid society, catholic big brothers, family and childrens services on Long Island.
Jim and his wife, Ellen, have four daughters, Brigid, Shannon, Kerry Lynn and Courtney, all products of Catholic Education and live in Garden City, NY.
Denihan Capital LLC
Prior to Denihan Capital he was the co-owner of Affinia Hospitality for over 35 years. He held the position of Managing Director and was responsible for all aspects of human resources to continuously improve the standards of quality and guest service and ensure all human resource strategies were aligned with the company’s mission and business goals. In his tenure with Affinia Hospitality he served in multiple capacities including operations, sales and marketing and food and beverage and oversaw the corporate sales and marketing functions as the company sought to enhance its identity outside the New York market. Dan Denihan serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Francis Hospital & Mercy Medical Center. He is Co-Chairman of the Capital Campaign Committee for St. Aloysius School in Harlem and is a member of the National Development Board for Boston College and was co-chair of its Ever to Excel campaign, NY region. In addition, he is an advisory committee member for the Board of Directors for Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Whelan Group. Is on the Steering Committee for Boy’s Town New York Development. Additionally, Dan is one of the Board of Directors of the Jesuit Collaborative and serves as a committee member of the Catholic Medical Mission Board. Dan Denihan is a life long parishioner of St. Mary’s Church, Manhasset, NY, a graduate of Xavier H.S. in NYC and Boston College’69. Dan is married to the lovely Kathleen Tuohey for over 30 years. Kathleen is a graduate of Fordham University. Together they are proud parents of five children. Daniel, Johns Hopkins University’01, Conor, Johns Hopkins University’02, Suzanne, Boston College’03, Sean, Georgetown University’06 and Mary Kate, Boston College’06. Edith Tomlin Denihan is the matriarch of the family and has been its guiding force and influence. Dan Denihan was inducted into the Xavier High School Hall of Fame in 1998. Is a recipient of the Catholic Big Brothers Dwight Darcy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the Phillip Callan Award for Volunteerism at Boston College in 2004 and, is a member of the Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
The Honorable Alfonse M. D'Amato
Park Strategies, LLC
Alfonse M. D’Amato is the managing director of Park Strategies, LLC and served in the United States Senate from 1981-1999.
Alfonse M. D’Amato was first elected to the United States Senate on November 4, 1980. Known for his tenacity and ability to get results, D’Amato served three distinguished terms in the Senate advocating the interests and the people of New York State.
During his tenure in the US Senate, D’Amato served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, overseeing legislation affecting America’s financial institutions, banking, public and private housing, urban development and foreign trade promotion. Senator D’Amato also served on the powerful Senate Finance Committee controlling legislation regarding bonded debt, customs, general revenue sharing, health programs, social security, tariffs and trade agreements. The Senator also served on the Senate Subcommittee on Health Care, the Subcommittee on International Trade and the Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight.
As Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (The Helsinki Commission) Senator D’Amato authored the Libya Sanctions Act to combat efforts by renegade nations to finance international terrorism through oil field development. And as a member of the Senate’s Caucus on International Narcotics Control, Al D’Amato was a leader in the fight against illegal drugs.
Senator D’Amato’s transition to the private sector has made him one of the most sought after public policy and business development strategists in the country. His absolute determination, expert negotiation skills, and extensive political and legislative experience are unparalleled. As a founding partner of Park Strategies LLC, D’Amato provides strategic advice and counsel to a variety of corporate clients throughout the United States and the world. Park Strategies, founded in 1998, is headquartered in New York City. They also have offices in Albany, N.Y., Long Island, and Washington, D.C.
D’Amato is a vital force in New York politics, most recently helping now President George W. Bush’s effort in New York and helping on the campaigns of his former colleagues in the United State Senate. D’Amato’s political prowess is second to none. In 1995, he was selected by his colleagues to Chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee – the only national republican committee to gain seats that election cycle. D’Amato’s political skills, particularly in New York State, have helped elect hundreds of local, state and federal candidates to office.
D’Amato served as Special Master in the Holocaust settlement case with the German and Austrian banks having been appointed by the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York. As Chairman of the Banking Committee, Senator D’Amato led the historic effort to restore assets to Holocaust survivors and their heirs, ultimately forcing the Swiss Banks to pay over $1 billion in restitution to survivors.
Senator D’Amato can be seen as a regular contributor/commentator for the Fox News Channel. In addition, D’Amato has a weekly show on Bloomberg Radio, and a weekly segment, Wise Guys, on New York 1 with former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
Senator D’Amato resides in his hometown of Island Park, New York and has finally completed building his “dream home” in Long Beach, N.Y. In July of 2004, he married longtime love Katuria Smith. He is the proud father of four children and fourteen grandchildren.
Robert B. Catell
Robert B. Catell