Starting A Glimmer of Hope was Donna’s idea – we wanted to help relieve some of the pain on the planet. I joined Donna at Glimmer after I left the business world, with the belief that there had to be a better way of implementing international aid and development. To have been blessed with success was rewarding - yet to apply the lessons learnt in business, and use the capital we were committing, to help make a real difference in the lives of so many, is fulfilling and purposeful.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, I moved to London after business school. Most of my career Ive been a technology entrepreneur in the financial markets - I joined my first start-up Expert Information Systems in 1984 and formed my first company, Financia in 1988. In 1990, Financia was sold to and merged with Frontier Financial in Houston, which is when I moved with my family to the United States. In 1995, we moved to Austin and I formed CyBerCorp, an Internet broker for day traders, that we sold in 2000, to Charles Schwab, creating the capital for Glimmer’s endowment.
These days I support Donna in her role as CEO, serve on the board and am part of the investment team, managing the endowment. I enjoy meeting with donors and prospective supporters, sharing our personal engagement, and traveling with them in Ethiopia - sharing both the need and the progress. Alongside my role at Glimmer, I formed Enable Impact to work with Impact Investors and Social Entrepreneurs – helping to bring capital and investment to businesses with a social mission.
Do we want to be remembered as the generation that watched Africa go up in flames while we stood around with watering cans?Bono