Cocktail Reception 6:30 p.m. --- Dinner 7:30 p.m.
PAL's premiere annual gala is an elegant evening of dining, dancing and entertainment, attended by corporate leaders, dignitaries and other VIPs. The event honors men and women who have distinguished themselves in their careers, who are excellent role models for the children PAL serves.
Robert J. McGuire is the former New York City Police Commissioner, former Chairman of Pinkerton’s Inc., and former President of Kroll Associates.
Mr. McGuire is a lawyer with a broad range of governmental and private sector experience. As an Assistant United States Attorney from 1962 through 1966, he prosecuted criminal cases in the Southern District of New York. In 1969 he established his own law firm of McGuire and Lawler, where he worked until his appointment as the New York City Police Commissioner. Mr. McGuire served as Police Commissioner from January 1978 to December 1983. At 41 years of age, he became the youngest Police Commissioner in the City’s history.
Mr. McGuire has served on numerous Boards and Commissions, including the President’s Advisory Council on Executive Reorganization (the Ashe Committee); the Secretary of State’s Advisory Panel on Overseas Security (Inman Committee); the New York State and City Commission on Government Integrity (the Sovern Commission); the New York State Commission on Judicial Nominations; the Conflicts of Interest Board for the City of New York; the Mayoral Task Force on Police/Community Relations and the Lawyer’s Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division (First Department). Mr. McGuire was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to Chair the 2002 New York City Charter Revision Commission. He is presently the Vice Chairman of the Police Athletic League and also serves on the board of Mutual of America.
Mr. McGuire attended Iona College (B.A. Magna Cum Laude) and Saint John’s University Law School (J.D. Cum Laude), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, and also received an LL.M. from New York University Law School under a Ford Foundation Fellowship.
John Osborn is CEO of BBDO New York. John has been in this role for 12 years. Under John’s leadership, BBDO New York has increased revenues significantly, expanded its client base and service offerings, and diversified its workforce. The result: during this period, BBDO has been named an Agency of the Year 15 times, including in 2015.
John joined BBDO New York in 1991. Over the years, he has demonstrated a proven ability to build strong client relationships and to lead big multi-disciplinary teams. John’s notable accomplishments also include his involvement with the “New York Miracle” campaign, which helped lift the spirits of New Yorkers in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
John has been equally active outside business. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Police Athletic League of New York, and serves as Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross for Greater New York. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the American Advertising Federation (AAF). More recently, John was elected to the Board of Visitors of the Rockefeller Center for Leadership and Public Policy at Dartmouth College. And he accepted an invitation from the Crown Prince of Norway to be a Board member of Global Dignity.
In recognition, John has been named the 2016 recipient of the Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award – the highest honor bestowed by the AAF for service to the organization. In 2003, he was inducted into the AAF Hall of Achievement, which honors people 40 years of age or under for their contributions to business.