THOUGHT LEADER COUNCIL
AIRCONMECH: John Dempsey & Jim Mullett
John Dempsey and Jim Mullett are joint owners of AirconMech. Founded in 1996, AirconMech specialises in the design, manufacture and build of full mechanical and electrical services to all sectors in the U.K., Ireland and the Middle East.
In operation for over 20 years, we have vast experience in delivering intelligent mechanical and electrical solutions. We built our reputation on our extensive industry knowledge, our team of experts in their respective fields and our ability to achieve each project safely, on time and within budget. As an award winning industry partner, our clients include blue chip multinational companies, government departments and international developers and consultants.
BENNETT TARMACADAM: Michael Bennett
Michael is Managing Director of Bennett Tarmacadam and an active director of Niall Barry & Co, Coolderry Plant, Dromalane Properties and Cleanfill. He has over 40 years of experience in sales, marketing and contracts management in the construction and engineering sectors. As a pioneer of Passive Home development in Ireland, he has raised the profile of Michael Bennett & Sons in adapting Sustainable Energy technologies to the Irish marketplace and sourcing previously imported building materials from local suppliers.
CREANE & CREANE: Tony Doyle
Tony Doyle commenced working in the Insurance Industry in 1986 with GRE, now AXA. He progressed to area manager with GRE before returning to Enniscorthy in 1990 to work as business development manager with Creane & Creane Insurance. Tony focussed on driving growth in both the Personal and Commercial Insurance areas of Creane & Creane, making it one of the largest brokers in the South East today, employing over 30 people and with clients nationwide. He became a director of the company in 2000 and Managing Director in 2006 and he looks forward to the continued growth and success of the company.
DATAPAC: Dan Kickham
Dan is the CEO of Datapac, one of Ireland’s largest and most successful ICT solutions and services providers. Established in 1982, the company have been at the forefront of technology innovation in Ireland for the past three decades.
Dan works closely with the leading global technology companies such as Cisco, Citrix, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sophos and VMware. The collaborative partnerships ensure that Datapac are always fully up-to-date with the latest technology developments and can provide our customers with bespoke solutions which meet their unique business requirements. The company holds advanced levels of accreditation with each of their partners, their customers benefit from deep knowledge and experience.
MONART: Michael Griffin
A business graduate from NUI Galway and a graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management, Michael joined the Griffin Group in 2005 after a number of years working within the IT sector.
Michael has worked in 5 star hotels in Germany, the UK and Ireland in various management positions. He returned to the family business with the development of Monart destination spa and the redevelopment of Hotel Kilkenny. Michael has, with his brother and the team, successfully restructured, refinanced and returned to growth the family business during the recession years while also successfully completing a business succession plan in 2012.
Michael is an accomplished Cave and Technical mixed gas decompression diver who is an active member of a number of dive exploration teams and world class underwater research projects; ranging from cenotes in the Mexican Yucatan, North Florida aquifers to Atlantic and Baltic shipwrecks of historical and archaeological importance.
PETTITT’S SUPERVALU: Cormac Pettitt
Cormac Pettitt, is the current managing director of the wider Pettitt group. Cormac is a chartered accountant, taking the reins from his father Des Pettitt, less than a decade ago. Des remains chairman and majority shareholder. The Pettitts are best-known for their supermarkets across Wexford, Arklow and Athy, Co.Kildare. The family business empire in the region now includes the six supermarkets, five hotels and an aparthotel, three pubs, a farm, some property interests and a bowling and leisure centre. Cormac Pettitt, who trained as an accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, has overseen the latest phase of expansion.
RIVERSIDE PARK HOTEL: Colm Neville
Colm is the owner and operator of the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy, the newly opened Crown Bar in Wexford town, and is the Chairperson for the Visit Wexford tourism group.
SAM MCCAULEY’S CHEMIST: Sam McCauley
Sam McCauley is the Executive Chairman of the largest Irish owned retail pharmacy chain, Sam McCauley Chemists. The McCauley family involvement in pharmacy dates back more than 60 years when Sam’s father established the first store in Enniscorthy. Having established its first branch in Redmond Square in Wexford in 1991, it has now grown to 30 stores today, employing more than 550 people. With an annual turnover of more than €90 million, it is listed amongst the top 500 companies in Ireland and is one of a small group of pharmacies which holds the title of ‘Deloitte Best Managed Companies’.
SLANEY FOODS: Rory Fanning
Rory Fanning, Managing Director of Slaney Foods International, Bunclody, has been a member of the Slaney team for over 30 years. He returned to his native Wexford from managing the CBF (now Bord Bia) office in Paris. Slaney Foods has grown and evolved to be recognised internationally as a leading Irish beef processor. It is a significant employer in the region and together with its sister company Irish Country Meats, Camolin, today employs a skilled workforce of over 600 people. Slaney Foods combines best-quality livestock from the Slaney Valley and beyond, with modern processing facilities to serve quality retail and food service markets worldwide.
TAOGLAS: Tara Morris
Tara is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Taoglas Group from our EMEA headquarters in Ireland. She has 14 years’ finance experience in both practice and industry. Tara has successfully managed the Group’s growth by consistently maintaining strong profits and working capital and this successful management of the Group’s finances has enabled Taoglas to expand by opening subsidiaries in new countries, opening new business divisions and continuously investing in R&D infrastructure. Tara also drives and manages the Group’s strategic plan to ensure that Taoglas are at the cutting edge of the M2M/IoT antenna industry.
TREACY’S HOTEL: Anton Treacy
Anton Treacy has been instrumental in growing Enniscorthy as a based hospitality destination. With over 20 years’ experience in hotel management, sales and development, he has grown our overnight customer base to in excess of 35,000 visitors. As part of the Treacys Hotel Group, with 4 hotels, our ethos of friendly customer service has led to rapid expansion of over 500 rooms nationally and 400 employees.
BANK OF IRELAND: Helena Kirwan
Helena Kirwan – Commercial Branch Manager Bank of Ireland Enniscorthy. As Ireland’s largest bank, Bank of Ireland leads the way in banking and is very much open for business. The Branch in Enniscorthy supports customers, enterprises and communities by providing a broad range of financial services. Leading a team of highly Qualified Financial Advisors, Helena has worked in Bank of Ireland for over 20 years in a variety of different roles including marketing, training & development. She is passionate about promoting Enniscorthy as a great place to work and do business. She is a Certified and Chartered Banker and in her spare time enjoys GAA.
H.MURPHY: David Murphy
Murphy & Co. (E) Ltd. are one of the leading Cash & Carry’s in the South East with three branches in Enniscorthy, Arklow and New Ross. The business was first set up in September 1929 in Enniscorthy and was founded by Herbert Murphy and Jimmy Griffin. David has been in the business for 50 years. In 1986 he was appointed joint Managing Director alongside his brother Sydney, Sydney retired in 1998.
David has seen Enniscorthy’s Cash & Carry grow from strength-to-strength through expansion. In 1969 the company began this expansion by leasing a premises in Arklow and in 1975 purchased a site where they continue to trade today. The company further expanded its business to New Ross in 1990. Recently, H.Murphy went into the forecourt business by purchasing two forecourts in New Ross and in Bunclody.