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Dan Ryan, Staten Island Advance sales manager, receives a “40 Under 40” award from the Irish Echo at Rosie O’Grady’s at the Manhattan Club on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. He is pictured with his wife, Kerry. (Staten Island Advance/Gail Lubin)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Staten Island Advance multimedia advertising director was honored at the Irish Echo’s “40 Under 40” ceremony in Manhattan last week.
The event, which took place at The Manhattan Club at Rosie O’Grady’s, is a celebration of Irish and Irish-Americans who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of work before reaching the age of 40.
The Advance’s Dan Ryan, 39, of Eltingville, was honored last Friday. He was nominated by Brian O’Dwyer, grand marshal of the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan.
In addition to his role at the Advance, Ryan has raised tens of thousands of dollars for children’s cancer research.
“When we moved to Staten Island, I was still working at a job in the city,” said Ryan. “I’d known about Advance Publications since I began spending time there with my wife’s family, and when I saw an opening, I thought it would be a great way for me to become a part of the community.”
Working with mom-and-pop businesses, Ryan says he realized it was more than just a job.
“I’ve always been active and believe in giving back to the community that I’m involved in,” he said. “It was a great honor to be considered for the 40 Under 40.”
Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) was the honorary guest speaker for the evening.
One of the things Ryan is most proud of is his work with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. As a St. Baldrick’s Foundation knight commander, he has led teams and hosted events that have raised more than $250,000 to help aid children’s cancer research.
The Irish Echo is the oldest Irish-American newspaper in the United States.
Dan won the “40 under 40” and the “20 under 40” award