The Irish Person of the Year (IPOY), is the Irish American Society’s annual award to one of its outstanding members. The award recognizes the recipient’s commitment to the promotion of the social and cultural goals not only of the Irish American Society but also of those of other Irish organizations in the area.
My sincere thanks to the Irish American Society for selecting me as their “Irish Person of the Year” for 2004. To be so richly recognized for my support to the Society is truly an honor I will cherish the rest of my life.
I have had the privilege of being a member of the Society since 1996. It was in that year that one of the greatest contributors the Society has ever had, Lula Maye Walsh, nominated me to be the treasurer for the 1996-1997 co-presidents, Frank and Eve Dunigan. From 1997-1998, I served as the membership chairperson for co-presidents Richard and Marie Welch and then went on to hold the position of co-president with Rose Foley from 1998-1999.
Thanks again to everyone who helped me serve the Society that year, especially: Carol-Anne and Rob Wilson, Margaret and Greg Lofner, Jim and Kate Sweeney-Wassman, Bob Sheeley, Evelyn and Tim Cassin, Betty and Charlie Doyle, Dan Stoll, Caroline Wilson, Frank and Eve Dunigan, Patricia Dillingham, Patrick Geraghty, Marybeth Tiemeyer, Georgianna Burkett, Doug and Rosemary Kolbo, Jim Graham, and Kay Tiller (deceased).
I was born and raised in Utica, NY. After completing high school in 1964, I joined the Marines, served in Viet Nam, and was honorably discharged in 1968. Between 1968 and 1972 my three children were born—Michelle, Lisa, and Richard. I served in the Army Reserves from 1970 to 1972 and was sworn into the Air Force on January 12, 1972.
I served 18 years in the Air Force and retired in 1990 with the rank of captain. My educational accomplishments during this period included a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration–1978, and a Master of Arts Degree in Computer Data Management–1985.
After leaving the Air Force 1990, the Foley family moved to the Dallas area. I worked at Nouveau Eyewear in Dallas for two years and Canon U.S.A. in Irving for nine years. In 1993, I completed my MBA at Amberton University in Garland, Texas. I’ve been with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics as a Cost / Schedule Integrator on the Joint Strike Fighter Program since December 2002.
In mid-2003, I established Bible Verse Cards, LLC for the purpose of helping Christians remember and share the word of God.