Myles Gallagher named Cleveland Person of the Year

Posted in Connect on August 20, 2019.


AT their recent Annual General Meeting, Myles C Gallagher was named as the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland’s 2019 Person of the Year. He was raised in St Angela’s parish by his parents Myles F and Margaret, along with his siblings Mary Ellen (now Gavin, Fairfield, CN) and Collette Gallagher, Rocky River. He studied at St Edward High School and John Carroll University. Three of his four grandparents were all natives of Mayo.

A pioneer in premium seating and sponsorship sales with the Cleveland Indians and IMG, he quite naturally morphed into a full-service agency, transitioning naming rights from a sports
stadium niche to an integral part of infrastructure financing. Formed 25 years ago, The Superlative Group (www.superlativegroup.com) is considered one of the premier consulting and sales organisations in the area of naming rights and sponsorship valuation and sales in the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK and more recently, Asia.

Under his creative leadership Superlative has produced more than $2.4 billion in corporate sponsorships and naming rights for its clients. Among them the US Marine Corps, US Army, Cleveland
Clinic, University Hospitals, Twentieth Century Fox, San Diego Symphony, NUI Galway, Trinity University, Kent State University and many others. Most recently they added  Asia to their market. Moderator for the event was Ballina native Gerry Quinn, who introduced Gallagher.

“Thank you for honoring me as your Mayo Person of the Year,” Gallagher said. “A big part of our company and who I am is from John Carroll University. We are happy to support the scholarships between John Carroll and NUI Galway.”

When moderator Quinn remarked he thought it was the shortest acceptance speech of any Person of the Year, Gallagher quipped: “I got a C in Public Speaking at John Carroll … but there was a reason for it.” He didn’t elaborate further so we’ll have to wait until the upcoming  Presentation Ball to ask him what the reason was! Quinn said the Scholarship Program is the most important
things the Society does each year. “Two students from John Carroll University are selected to go to Ireland for one semester. It’s a very unusual program, in fact, we pay for everything – the airline tickets, books, lodging and in the future we hope to expand it.”

THE 2019 scholarship recipients are Emily Robinson and Kayla Thielen. “I am very, very excited to go abroad and learn about Ireland’s deep history,” said Thielen. “Anytime I speak to anyone who’s been to Ireland they always tell me how amazing and kind the people are. Thank you for the opportunity.” Emily Robinson was sorry she could not attend the AGM. Writing from her home in Philadelphia she said: “Thank you to the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland and NUI Galway for the scholarship. It is helping me achieve my dream of studying internationally and learning
about living in Ireland.”  Quinn took a moment to single out who he said is most responsible for the Society becoming affi liated with John Carroll University. “That person is Dr Jeanne Colleran. This link would never have taken place without her friendship, dedication and hard work.”

Dr Colleran responded by saying: “It has been a great privilege of my life to have met all the great people from Cleveland and Mayo.” Gallagher’s Irish roots are County Mayo and County Kerry. His grandparents are Edward Calvey – Achill, Mayo and Mary Agnes O’Sullivan – Ballyhar, Kerry; Patrick Gallagher – Achill, Mayo and Bridget Corrigan – Owenduff, Mayo. Myles Gallagher will will be
honored at the Inter Continental Hotel at Cleveland Clinic on Saturday September 28. He and his spouse Laura have been married 31 years. They are parents of Meghan, Molly, Myles F and Sean.

Souce: JC Sullivan, The Mayo News 20th August 2019

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