Grand Marshal

2020 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal

JIM MANNIX

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Parade to everyone!

Jim is a financial advisor & founder of Mannix Wealth Management, LLC and is currently serving as President for the Notre Dame Club of Charlotte, the regional alumni & fan association for the University of Notre Dame.

Under his leadership, the ND Club has hosted and promoted numerous events to further the connections between the University and the Irish Community in Charlotte.  In the last several years, his organization has participated in lecture series, Irish cultural events, and the St. Paddy’s Day Parade.

In 2019, the Notre Dame Club hosted Dr. Patrick Griffin, Director of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies in Dublin, for its Hesburgh Lecture Series.   The series, named after long-time University President – Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, has the goal of bringing academic and thought leadership from campus to local communities.  Its purpose is to further lifelong learning and enriching the communities we serve.  The Keough-Naughton Institute was responsible for the 2016 award-winning documentary: “1916 – The Irish Rebellion,” narrated by Liam Neeson.

Dr. Griffin’s lecture, “Ireland & the American Revolution” explored connections between Ireland and America during the late 18th century, when Charlotte was a “hornet’s nest” of rebellion. An internationally recognized historian, Dr. Griffin’s books include The People with No Name: Ireland’s Ulster Scots, America’s Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World.

The Notre Dame Club also participates in the St. Paddy’s Day Parade and the new Carolina Irish Festival (with proceeds going to the development of a Charlotte Irish-American Center (CIAC) as a non-profit, multi-use amateur sport and cultural facility).

Jim is originally from Rochester, NY, where he attended McQuaid Jesuit HS and is proud of his Irish heritage.  He received his B.A. from Siena College, before earning his M.B.A. at the University of Notre Dame.  In his free time he is an avid sports fan, and volunteers with several veteran-focused and children’s service organizations.

Please make him welcome.

Former GRAND MARSHAL’S INCLUDE:

  • 1997 – Pat Terrell – Carolina Panthers Player
  • 1998 – Bob Knowles – WBTV Broadcaster
  • 1999 – Rob Walsh – President, Center City Partners
  • 2000 – Mike Collins – Charlotte Radio & TV Personality
  • 2001 – Jerry Healy – Principal Holy Trinity Middle School & Charlotte Catholic High School
  • 2002 – Deputy Chief David Duffey – Charlotte Fire Department
  • 2003 – Mayor Pat McCrory – Mayor of Charlotte
  • 2004 – Ray Farris – Prominent Charlotte Attorney
  • 2005 – Jim Babb – Charlotte Broadcast Executive
  • 2006 – Moira Quinn – SVP Communications & COO of Charlotte Center City Partners
  • 2007 – Dublin American Bus Connection – Members of Dublin, Ireland Public Transportation Workers
  • 2008 – Maureen O’Boyle – WBTV Broadcaster
  • 2009 – Mayor Pat McCrory – Mayor of Charlotte
  • 2010 – Dr. Pete Gorman – Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Superintendant
  • 2011 – Honorable Paul Gleeson – Irish Consul General
  • 2012 – Bill Duffy – CFO, Charlotte Bobcats
  • 2013 – Governor Pat McCrory
  • 2014 – Thomas Murray – CEO Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
  • 2015 – Dr. R. John Young – Honorary Consul of Ireland for North Carolina
  • 2016 – Anne Anderson – Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
  • 2017 – Art Fitzgerald
  • 2018 – John B. Hannan (Ret)
  • 2019 – Peter Byrne