Brian J. Foley
Class of 1974 - 1998 Inductee
Brian Foley earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and his Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.) from the Yale School of Medicine. Brian received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Inc. Magazine (1989), the 1995 Business Person of the Year from the Hartford Business Journal, and the 1996 Hartford Sports Renaissance award. He was honorary chair for the Greater Hartford Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center Crystal Ball event in 1998. He is also past President of the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities, a former board member of New England Healthcare Assembly and Renbrook School’s board of trustees.
Brian is the owner and founder of Apple Health Care, Inc., which is a diversified health care company primarily involved in the provision of sub acute and long-term care services. AHC is currently one of the largest privately-owned companies in New England with annual revenues in excess of $100,000,000, and over 3,000 employees. The company was named on Inc. Magazine’s 1988 list of the fastest-growing, privately-owned companies in America. In 1995 Consumer Reports rated Apple Health Care as the best for-profit long-term care company in America.
Brian also has significant interests in the entertainment business. As an avid basketball player, he owns a Continental Basketball Association (CBA) franchise known as the Connecticut Pride in Hartford, CT. He also owns two successful restaurants/night clubs in Avon, Connecticut, and Newport, Rhode Island, known as the Newport Blues Cafe.
In 1992, he published a children’s book called The Adventures of Mustard. He lives in Simsbury with his wife Lisa, and six children, Meghan, Brendan, Conor, Cory, Briana and Kayla.
For me the "American Dream" has been the Connecticut Dream. Connecticut has been good to my family and me. We have a lot to be grateful for, a lot to give back. I have 6 children of my own and often tell them that the grass isn’t greener on the other side, and that the quality of life here is the best they may ever experience.
The fundamentals I learned at the University of Connecticut’s School of Business Administration have sustained me through early failures, and enhanced my successes. I still employ the basic lessons I learned in management, problem solving and case study analysis. I am honored to be recognized by the business educators and leaders I so respect. Thank you. I will always be proud of my affiliation with UCONN.