The Irish Business Association (IBA) of New Jersey last week honored the honorees of its Seventh Annual Awards Dinner, held June 25 at the Westwood in Garwood, New Jersey.

Brian Reilly of Somerville was honored as the Man of the Year. Reilly is senior account executive at Centric Benefits Consulting. He is the immediate past president of the Irish Business Association and current board member. Reilly also is a member of Irish Executives, the Irish Business and Professional Network, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Knights of Columbus. He resides in Somerville with his wife, Erin, and their two daughters Bridget and Deirdre.

Kathleen Connelly of Fair Haven is a partner in the law firm Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper and concentrates her practice in employment law. She has more than 20 years of experience representing employers and individual members of management in both the private and public sectors. Connelly is the chairperson of Lindabury’s Women’s Business Initiative. In 2015 she was named in New Jersey Super Lawyers. In 2009 she was included in the list of New Jersey Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ Magazine and named to Monmouth County's "Mothers Who Make a Difference." Connelly is also serves as first vice chair on the board of CPC Behavioral Healthcare. She resides in Fair Haven with her husband, Harry M. Agnostak, and their daughters Kathleen and Alexandra.

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“Each year the Irish Business Association recognizes a broad slice of the New Jersey business community with Irish roots,” said Thomas Farrell, a wealth advisor at PWM Advisory Group and IBA 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 IBA. Congratulations to each of them.”