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15 new companies for Small Business gala

The GECKO GOVERNANCE team will be honored at the Small Business-Big Impact Awards in Boston on May 3

By Irish Echo Staff

Tickets go on sale today for the Irish American Small Business-Big Impact Awards which will be hosted in Boston’s Seaport Hotel on Friday, May 3.

Guest of honor at the gathering will be Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce President James E. Rooney.

The first cohort of ten formidable small businesses with outsize impact has already been unveiled and today we reveal the names of fifteen more companies and their leaders whose names will be inscribed on the Small Business-Big Impact roll of honor.

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Business partners for the event are led by Cosimo Ventures of Boston.

The small business champions are: Shane Brett, CEO of GECKO Governance, a start-up born in Dundalk but now coming of age in Boston, which provides vital software tools for the financial services sector. GECKO Governance will receive the “Fastest-Growing Company” award at the gala celebration.

Moss Lynch of Capturing Inspiration photo studio and communications agency in Boston.

Armagh native Rory McCreesh, whose New York-headquartered Duce Construction Corporation has an unrivaled reputation for building remarkable residences.

The legendary Mike Carty, entrepreneur and owner of Rosie O’Grady’s famed hostelry in New York. Mike is a tireless supporter of all things Irish and in particular all good causes linked to his native County Leitrim.

Séamus Mac Conaonaigh of Quality Reviews in New York which provides instant feedback from patients to medical services providers.

Shannon Doherty-Portell who is Vice-President of Brand Development at Doherty Enterprises, the hospitality company behind the multi-award-winning Shannon Rose Irish pubs in New Jersey.

Heritage Financial Recovery Services President Elizabeth Clifford Mallory, who has four decades of experience providing accounts receivable management and commercial collection services based on responsiveness to client needs.

Software and Computer Services company Scomage Information Services Inc. which is led by Irish American Stephen Flood.

Ireland Travel ambassador Sara Stanton of Cara Group Travel in Boston who has an unrivaled reputation for transatlantic tours to her native Ireland, Scotland and England.

Builder Michael Duffy of Celtic C Construction Inc. who has forged a stellar reputation in the construction trade in Boston while maintaining close links to his native Donegal.

Kevin Tuohy of The Shoeshine Guild which is a bi-coastal business which combines enterprise with social good by providing shoe shine services at special events. The Shoeshine Guild has won plaudits for its commitment to changing lives while providing a first-class service.

AJ Gerritson's 451 Agency in Boston, which has made its name by providing provocative and effective marketing campaigns with real integrity and true grit.

John McKay of Dublin and Boston, whose Irish American Trading Company has brought a raft of excellent Irish whiskeys to the U.S.

Timothy Hillert of BenXchange of Brooklyn where their mission is to transform the searching for insurance and financial services.

Master wood-worker and publican Cathal McGreal, whose The Quiet Man pub in Peekskill, New York, boasts a wooden counter made from the original deck of the World War II battleship, USS North Carolina.

A spokesperson for GECKO Governance said the company was "absolutely delighted" to receive the “Fastest-Growing Company” Award at the Irish American Small Business-Big Impact gala.

"This recognition is very important to GECKO as we embark on extending our U.S. presence. Indeed, our U.S. clients, investors and partners have been instrumental to our growth to date and we are extremely excited about expanding upon this success.”

Nominations for the Irish American Small Business-Big Impact Awards have been extended to April 12 and can be made online at