SALUTING YOUNG AMBASSADORS: Michael Biondo of iHeartMedia, Harley Semple and Anna Horner from Options' New York office and the Irish Echo' Ray O'Hanlon

Options Technology Rows in Behind Irish 40 Under 40

Options Technology, a trailblazer in Capital Markets infrastructure with offices in New York, Belfast, London and the Far East, is rowing in behind the premier celebration of Irish America's young leaders:  the Irish Echo 40 Under 40 Awards.

The 17th annual awards will take place at the View at the Battery, New York this Friday, February 23, with honorees across America attending. 

Inaugurated in 2007, the Irish Echo 40 Under 40 Awards recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of work before reaching the age of 40. The 2024 honorees include distinguished leaders from across the United States including award-winning fiddler from Washington D.C. Kaitlyn Likas, the Director of Corporate Marketing at Fenagh Engineering in New York, Colleen Kelly and Options’ Declan O’Brien, Director of Trading Infrastructure Operations, 

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Danny Moore, President and CEO of Options, commented: “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Declan O’Brien, finalist in the Irish Echo’s 40 Under 40 Awards People’s Choice category. Declan seized the opportunity to relocate from Belfast to New York when the chance came up. His pioneering spirit and dedication have made him a trailblazer in managing ultra-low latency trading infrastructure, earning him well-deserved recognition.”

Guest Speaker at the awards will be Michael Biondo, President, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships for iHeartMedia. Biondo, whose mother emigrated from Belfast to New York at the age of 15, has been instrumental in building international partnerships for iHeartMedia, leading expansions in Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and France. "I look forward to sharing with this year's honorees the story of my own career development as the son of an Irish immigrant mum," he said. "The stellar achievements of this year's Irish 40 Under 40 cohort reminds us of how those of Irish heritage continue to build strong and diverse communities across this nation."

iHeartMedia is the #1 audio company in the United States - reaching 9 out of 10 Americans every month - and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. 

Ray O’Hanlon, Editor of the Irish Echo echoed the plaudits for this year's awardees.  "We are proud to cover the stories of these young Irish American ambassadors and know that in their hands the future of the US-Ireland transatlantic relationship is secure.”