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About the Honorees

Vincent HoSangVincent HoSang

President & CEO, Caribbean Food Delights

Vincent HoSang, OD, is President and CEO of Caribbean Food Delights and Royal Caribbean Bakery.  He was born in Jamaica to Chinese immigrants, the eighth child of ten.  In 1968 he moved to the United States, where he met his wife Jeanette, also from Jamaica.  Pursuing his goal to become an entrepreneur, Vincent saved enough money to purchase a fast-food restaurant in the Bronx, a business that he and his wife built into Caribbe­an Food Delights. Caribbean Food Delights is now a multi-million dollar company and the largest Jamaican frozen food plant in the U.S. It received the 2007 Forbes award, and its Jamaican patty was nominated Best New Product by the World Foods Association. Sharing the tastes of Jamaica has not only earned Vincent HoSang millions, but enabled him to give back through the Vincent HoSang Family Foundation, which supports higher education and public health initiatives in Jamaica. In 2010, Mr. HoSang was awarded an Order of Distinction—the Commonwealth Award—by the St. George’s Society of New York.

Ira D. CohenIra D. Cohen

Managing Director, Signal Hill Capital

Ira D. Cohen is Managing Director of Signal Hill Capital, an investment bank and corporate finance consultancy specializing in the technology, media, telecommunications, education, and healthcare fields. He has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry as an investment banker and private equity investor. Prior to Signal Hill, Ira was the Managing Partner, President and Co-founder of Updata Advisors. Ira is a Ce rtified Public Accountant and began his career with Laventhol and Horwath, a large international accounting firm. After receiving a B.S. in accounting from Lehman, Ira earned an M.S. in banking and financial services from Boston University, and later attended Harvard Business School's Executive Education program. Since 1985, he has appeared in the Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. Ira serves on the boards of several non-profits and social organizations, including the Board of Advisors of Boston University’s Metropolitan College.  He and his wife Julie have two children and live in Alpine, New Jersey.


Daniel J. Kane, Jr.Daniel J. Kane, Jr.

President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 202

Daniel J. Kane Jr., a twenty-nine year Tteamster, is the President of Local 202, whose 4,500 members are responsible for supplying the New York City area with food that millions of residents eat every day. He started his career on the loading docks of the Hunt’s Point Market and at 26 was elected Secretary-Treasurer of Local 202; subsequently he also served on the Teamsters Joint Council 16 Executive Board. Dan is the Eastern Region Warehouse Director for the Teamsters, representing thousands of members from Maine to North Carolina, and is a former board member of the Labor Research Association.  Dan is involved with non-profit organizations including the Irish American Labor Coalition—founded to support human rights in Northern Ireland—and has been honored by the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, the New York State Teamsters Hispanic Caucus, and the Angel Guardians for the Elderly. Dan earned a B.S. in Labor Relations from SUNY Empire State College. He and his wife Joyce have two children and live in Nassau County.