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IBO Executive Board

IBO 2017 Executive Board:

President: Nicholas Malito
1st Vice President: Paul Tuffy
2nd Vice President: Bernadette Conaty
Communications Officer: Mary Zehnter
Treasurer: Shelley Ann Quilty-Lake
Membership Officer: Kathleen M. Cronin
Secretary: Anne Marie O'Dea

Nicholas Malito

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Nick is an associate at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP where his practice focuses on commercial leasing, bankruptcy, litigation, and advising emergent companies.  He represents national and regional clients in commercial leasing and retail property development, from the inception of lease negotiation to retail store launch.  Nick's broad civil litigation experience includes prosecuting and defending appeals, business torts, intellectual property disputes, real estate disputes, construction claims, bankruptcy avoidance actions, claims for disability and employment discrimination, and mass tort claims.  Nick also advises emergent companies across all stages of development.


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First Vice President
Paul Tuffy

Tuffy & Associates

Paul is a native of County Sligo and the managing director of Tuffy & Associates, an accounting and taxation firm located in Yonkers, New York.

A graduate in accounting from Lehman College and an enrolled agent with the Internal Revenue Service his firm specializes in tax preparation for Individuals, Small Business, Corporations and Not for Profit entities.  Prior to establishing Tuffy & Associates in 2001 Paul worked at the CPA firm of McEnerney, Brady & Company and was a Vice President with Merrill Lynch & Co in Partnership Analysis and Private Equity funds. 

Paul began his career with Silver Screen Partners / Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex in New York City.  In 2001 he received the Sligoman of the Year award and was Treasurer of the New York Gaelic Athletic Association from 2001 until 2007.  In 2011 he was an honoree of the Irish Echo, Irish Small Business 50 and received an award from the Lansdowne Soccer Club in 2015 for his work in attaining their not for profit status with the Internal Revenue Service.  Paul and his family reside in Yonkers, New York.

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Second Vice President
Bernadette Conaty

T. Williams Group

Bernadette is a native of Dublin. She earned her bachelor's degree in business studies from Liverpool John Moores University-Dublin Business School and works as a branding and marketing consultant at T. Williams Group specializing in hospitality, live entertainment, and product representation.

She has over 10 years’ experience in marketing including three years with FM104 - Dublin's #1 Radio Station. Bernadette has been fortunate to work, represent and partner with many global brands including Cadbury, GUESS, Guinness, Viator, Fandango, Topshop-Dorothy Perkins and Warner Bros. She also studied professional fine arts and has produced and directed several off-broadway shows.

Bernadette comes from a large Irish family of successful entrepreneurs with businesses in Ireland, USA, and China. She is a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and lives in Manhattan with her husband.


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Communications Officer
Mary Zehnter

Mary is a print production consultant for various packaging and branding firms in the New York area. She has managed the implementation of several global spirits brands as well as domestic consumer packaging goods (CPG). 

Several years ago when Mary became a dual citizen with Irish citizenship she became interested in learning more about Irish businesses. It was during that time she was introduced to the IBO by a former board member and has been a member ever since.

She is second generation Irish on her mother’s side and visits family in Ireland frequently.

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Follow Mary on Twitter: @MaryZedd


Shelley Ann Quilty-Lake

Meenan & Associates LLC

Shelley Ann is a native of County Wexford. She is an associate at the female-led, boutique law firm of Meenan & Associates LLC, where her practice areas include helping small business clients, particularly entrepreneurs and startups, by providing advice and guidance on business formation and ensuring their interests are protected and defended.  She also has extensive civil litigation experience representing employees with work place issues. Shelley Ann was named as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in late 2016 for representing Plaintiffs in Employment Litigation after being nominated by her peers. Shelley Ann also guides clients regarding their estate planning needs, preparing wills and trusts tailored to their wishes, and advocates for individuals in probate and estate litigation matters.

Shelley Ann’s work ethic is driven by her personal responsiveness to the needs of her clients, determined advocacy to protect their interests, and attentiveness to detail.  She also currently serves as on the Board of Directors of the Irish American Bar Association of New York.


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Follow Shelley Ann on Twitter: @ShellQL


Membership Officer

Kathleen M. Cronin

NJSBDC Bergen County / Bergen Community College-Hackensack / K Cronin & Associates

Kathleen is a former Montessori teacher and college English as a second language (“ESL”) instructor.  She presently works as Regional Outreach and Social Media Coordinator for NJSBDC Rutgers University School of Business-Newark, NJSBDC Bergen County-Ramapo College of New Jersey, and Bergen Community College-Hackensack.

She is first generation Irish-American from Bergen County, New Jersey.  Her father was a hurler for the South Liberties, Co. Limerick and her mom is from Coulagh, Co. Cork.  She has been a member of the IBO for several years and is honored to serve on the executive board.  She is very proud of her #IRISH heritage and promotes it via various organizations and events, and likes to practice her Irish language skills when possible.

Kathleen is owner of K Cronin & Associates - Facilitating Small Business/Social Media/Outreach Services, Bergen County Workforce Development Board; Business/Job Development Committees, Intern for the Bergen County Division of Economic Development, Bergen County O.E.M./Paramus C.E.R.T., Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County. 


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Follow Kathleen on Twitter: @IrishKateNJ


Anne Marie O'Dea

Anne Marie O’Dea has been a member with the Irish Business Organization for a number of years. She attended Marymount Manhattan College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. For the past thirteen years she was employed with Home Box Office, Inc. working as an Assistant in the Accounts Payable department. As of August 2015, she is an Accounts Receivable Clerk with Jacmel Jewelry Inc.

Both of Anne Marie's parents come from Ireland. Her mother is from County Donegal and father from County Clare.

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