Wall Street 50 – 2015

Thomas E. McInerney/Bluff Point

Thomas E. McInerney is the CEO of Bluff Point Associates, a private equity firm based in Westport, Connecticut. Prior to Bluff Point, Tom worked for 23 years as a general partner of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, an NYC-based private equity firm.

A graduate of St. John’s University with a B.A. in literature, he attended New York University Graduate School of Business and began his career at the American Stock Exchange, serving as senior vice president of Operations and Technology.

Tom served on the board of trustees at St. John’s University for 13 years, four of them as Board Chairman. In 2001, St. John’s awarded him an honorary doctorate of commercial science and the University Gold Medal, St. John’s highest alumnus award.

He is a vice chairman of St. John’s Bread and Life, Brooklyn’s largest emergency food program, and is also on the board of IrishCentral, and 9 other private companies.

A second-generation Irish American with roots in Clare and Cork, he believes that “the contributions that Ireland has made to the world are astounding for a nation of only four million people.” He and his wife, Paula, have five children and twelve grandchildren.