New Yorkers may be in a Super Bowl frenzy, but Westchester’s just over the moon that the President & CEO of the Super Bowl’s Host Committee – Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. – a Westchester resident and a business superstar, has accepted the Westchester County Association’s invitation to speak at its Annual Fall Leadership Dinner on Thursday, November 14 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Town. “Having Al as our featured speaker is a great lead up to the biggest event in metro New York in 2014,” said Bill Mooney, WCA’s president.
With his team, Kelly is overseeing all host activities leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, history’s first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl, which will be held on February 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., home stadium of both the Giants and Jets. The game is projected to pump over $500 million into the regional economy. Kelly, 54, was appointed to the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee in April 2011, after a distinguished business career, the last 23 years of which were spent at the American Express Company. Most recently, he was President of the financial services giant from 2007 to 2010, leading the global consumer businesses, worldwide servicing, and enterprise wide risk management.
In addition to Kelly’s address, the Fall Leadership Dinner will feature a special Silent Auction and some surprise entertainment. (Could it be the return of James Bond?) Organizers are expecting the dinner to be sold out early. “We’re encouraging everyone to take advantage of the Early Bird Special and purchase their tickets prior to October 1, after which ticket prices will rise,” said Tara Lavery, WCA’s Events Manager. Before October 1 tickets are: $275 (members); $325 (non-members); After October 1: $295 (members); $350 (non-members) For more information and to register, visit westchester.org. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tara Lavery at firstname.lastname@example.org. WCA’s Annual Leadership Dinner and Awards ceremony is open to the public. However, pre-registration is required. To reserve a space or purchase a table, contact The WCA at email@example.com or call 914-948-6444 for more information.
Before joining American Express, Al Kelly held senior positions in government and private industry. He was head of Information Systems at the White House from 1985 to 1987. From 1981 to 1985, he held positions at PepsiCo in Information Systems and Strategic and Financial Planning.
Kelly has been honored many times for his achievements in business and philanthropy. He has received the White House Distinguished Service Award; the Boston College Presidential Medal; the Catholic Youth Organization Gold Medal Award; the Meadowlands Area YMCA Respect Award; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Breath of Life Award; the New York Downtown Hospital Corporate Leadership Award; the Distinguished Graduate Award of The Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Education Association; Iona College’s William B. Cornelia Founder’s Award and its Board of Trustees Award. During his years at AMEX, he was recognized as one of the Credit Card Industry’s Leaders of the Year, as one of the “10 For the Future” in U.S. financial services by American Banker and was for 10 consecutive years among Irish America magazine’s Business 100.
As of this date, Platinum sponsors of the event include: Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships, Berkeley College, Bleakley, Platt & Schmidt LLP, Chubb & Son, Inc., Citrin Cooperman & Co., LLP, Cohn Reznick, Con Edison, Corporate Audio Visual Services, ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP, Entergy, Harrison Edwards PR & Marketing, J.H. Cohn LLP, Journal News Media Group, KeyBank N.A., M & T Bank, Mahopac National Bank, MasterCard Worldwide, New York Medical College, Pace University, PepsiCo, Inc., Provident Bank, Reckson, A Division of SL Green, RPW Group, Inc., Simone Development Companies, The College of Westchester, The Rollins Agency, Inc., Webster Bank, Westchester County Business Journal, and Westchester Medical Center.
Other sponsors will be announced at a later date.