The Brian A. Brooks Distinguished Service to Veterans Award

James Carmody


James M. Carmody, a respected leader with an illustrious career in the hospitality industry has graced many of Boston’s hallways and boardrooms offering valued insight and initiating positive change for over four decades. As a first-generation American citizen, Carmody has infused his Irish roots and Catholic faith into his lifelong commitment to service, becoming a mainstay in the Boston area.

A graduate of Cornell University and the Culinary Institute of America, Carmody has gleaned hospitality experience and sought excellence in his field by overseeing some of the most prominent properties in the country, including the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, the Boston Harbor Hotel, the Four Seasons Mandalay Hotel in Dallas, the Omni International Hotel in Atlanta, and the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago. Jim also served at Tufts-New England Medical Center for 11 years, where he was responsible for clinical ancillary services and hotel services at the tertiary care institution. Most recently, Jim moved on to an exciting new venture and oversees the operations at The Boca Raton Cloister and The Boca Raton Bungalows as general manager.

While juggling a demanding career, Jim has always prioritized the importance of service becoming involved in an impressive level of community leadership. He has volunteered and raised funds for the New England Center and Home for Veterans, the American Diabetes Association, Hospitality Homes, and Cathedral High School, his alma mater. Mr. Carmody’s affection and dedication to the betterment of his community is reflected in the many boards he has served which Caritas Carney Hospital, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Center, Massachusetts Lodging Association, among countless others.

The New England Center and Home for Veterans is extremely excited to be honoring Jim with this year’s Brian A. Brooks, Distinguished Service to Veterans Award. More than twenty years ago, Jim, along with Brian Brooks and their good friends and associates created this event. What started as a small dinner to help the Center through a trying time, has grown into one of the most well-known charity events in Boston. It has raised well over $7 million over the years. This could not have been accomplished without Jim at the helm. Jim has been an incredibly devoted leader and has given passionately to make it a tremendous success year after year. We are thrilled to bestow him with this honor.