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Preparing For Your Future Business

23 October 2019, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This business seminar is open to the public.

Speakers on the night:

Harry Hughes, CEO of Portwest

Portwest is an international safety products company. Harry was awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 and he is recognised as a visionary leader who has built a world class business alongside his brothers Cathal and Owen.

Maureen Walsh, Managing Director of DeCare Dental

Originally from the US, Maureen moved to Ireland in 1999 to help establish DeCare Operations Ireland Limited, a claims and shared services centre based in Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Maureen has led DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland from start-up stages to become Ireland’s only specialist dental insurer and oral health company. DeCare is proud to serve individuals and companies throughout Ireland, ranging in size from 10 to 5000 staff.

Maureen has a Bachelor of Science (Marketing) from Boston College Carroll School of Management, a Masters in Business Administration from the National University of Ireland, Galway and has a Certified Insurance Practitioner qualification from the insurance institute of Ireland.

Maureen is the Regional President of IBEC West and has held the role of Chairperson of Mayo Cancer Association and is a member of various associations such as 30% Club supporter, Bizmentors Advisory Board, the MBAA Association, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and the Claremorris Chamber of Commerce.

Denise Fay, Founder Denise Fay

Denise Fay is an experienced international marketing professional. She holds a Masters of Business Studies in International Marketing from the Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD. In addition, she attained her Bachelor of Business & Law from UCD. Her 14 year career has seen her work in a number of senior marketing roles in marketing communications, strategic marketing, customer relationship management and product management.

Having worked with Fortune 500 and multi-national companies, Denise set up the marketing communications agency, Achieve Marketing in 2006. It helps multi-nationals, small businesses and public bodies to communicate a better message to their audience.

Due to the demand for dedicated copywriting services, Denise set up the website, Denisefay.com as a separate division of Achieve Marketing.

Denise’s first book, 31 days to write better copy, was launched as an ebook in July 2011 with the physical book due at the end of July. It has already received a coveted APEX 2011 Award for Publication Excellence.

Michelle Noone, Head of State Boards and Executive Search at the Public Appointments Service.

Michelle has responsibility for sourcing and attracting great people to a large variety of roles across the civil and public sector at both executive and non executive level. Prior to joining the Public Appointments Service in 2014, she was an Executive Search Manager in KPMG Dublin working for not for profit, indigenous Irish and multinational clients across a variety of industry sectors.

Michelle started her career in Human Resources in PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Paris and has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. She is a Non Executive Director and Chairperson of the Governance Committee of the Board of the Alliance Francaise Dublin and speaks fluent French.

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23 October 2019
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Great National Hotel Ballina
N26 Dublin Road
Ballina, Mayo Ireland
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(096) 23600