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Jersey's IBA announces its award winners

The Irish Business Association has announced the honorees for its third annual awards dinner, scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, at the Westwood in Garwood, New Jersey.

David Muldowney, Jr., CPA, of Middletown has been named the winner in the Small Business of the Year category. The third-generation, family-owned company is a Monmouth County-based accounting firm located in Colts Neck.

The company has been providing services to clients of all sizes in a variety of business sectors and the nonprofit arena for more than 30 years. Kevin Muldowney, a certified public accountant, joined the firm in 2002. David Muldowney is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Each year he chairs the IBA's golf outing, the association's primary fundraiser.

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Bill Dwyer of Bayonne will be honored as Man of the Year at the dinner. He is vice president of human resources, risk management and corporate compliance at Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, the largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the United States.

He recently was appointed to the Health Care Workforce Council, a task force formed by the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission to develop a pipeline of well-educated and trained workers to meet future demands in the health care system.

Dwyer, whose roots trace to County Cork and County Roscommon, is a founding member of noted Irish band the Bantry Boys, a lifetime member and current chairman of the Bayonne Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee, and a member of the Friendly Sons of Shillelagh Jersey Shore.

Linda Bowden of Ridgewood was named Woman of the Year. She is the Northern New Jersey regional president of PNC Bank, responsible for providing executive leadership and supporting client relationship and business development initiatives across the firm's lines of business in the region.

Bowden is active in a variety of community programs, including The Family Service League in Montclair, the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood, Youth Consultation Services, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and William Paterson University.

"Each year the Irish Business Association recognizes a broad slice of the New Jersey business community with Irish roots," said Al Nunan, the association's president.

"There are 1.3 million New Jersey residents claiming Irish descent and Irish-Americans are found in every corner of commerce and community. This year's honorees reflect both the breadth of the Irish in our state, and the widening footprint of the Irish Business Association."

Tickets for the awards dinner, meanwhile, are $75 and may be purchased through the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce by calling (908)352.0900 or visiting

The IBA is an association of New Jersey business professionals and business owners launched in March 2008, committed to promoting business relationships and personal interaction within the Irish-American business community in New Jersey.

The association is part of the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest business association in the New York/Northern New Jersey Region, comprising 14 regional and local chambers. With 1,500 members, the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce has a 95 percent retention rate, the highest in the country. The IBA meets the third Tuesday of each month at Molly Maguire's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Clark.