Michael Peirce graduated in Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1964.
After a period of working at Imperial Chemicals in the U.K. , he returned to Ireland in 1970 to lecture in Manufacturing Engineering. He received his PhD for his research into Computer Integrated Manufacturing in 1976.
In 1978 he founded Mentec International, an engineering oriented IT company, and became CEO and later Chairman until 2006. In that period he was a founder Director and Chairman of Parthus, Vedia, Mentor Capital, Amiba and Chairman of Isle of Arran Distillers in Scotland. More recently he became a founder Director and Chairman of Powerscourt Distillery In Ireland.
He is a Member of the Provost’s Council at Trinity College and maintains a keen interest in Third level education, music, English Literature and Rugby.
KPMG in Ireland is a leading professional services firm with over 3,300 people working in 4 locations – Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway. We are an ambitious firm – ambitious for our clients and our people to be successful.
We provide Audit, Tax, Deal Advisory and Consulting services to leading multinationals, privately owned businesses, entrepreneurs and locally owned start-ups. Our clients are based right across the island of Ireland, the UK and further afield.
We are fully committed to providing our people with the technical training and skills they need to maximise their potential and provide our clients with the service and expertise they require. This starts from the ground up – from our Summer Internship programme which gives university students a taste of working life in KPMG, to our awarding-winning Graduate Trainee programme and an ever evolving range of professional development opportunities offered through the KPMG Business School. We also encourage our people to give something back by getting involved in our Corporate Citizenship programme and Inclusion & Diversity initiatives.
Richard Leventhal is the Chairman, CEO and sole proprietor of Fedway Associates, a premier wholesaler of Wines and Spirits in the United States. In the 43 years that he has owned Fedway, sales have increased steadily from just under $80 million in 1978 to over $1.0 billion in 2020. Richard Leventhal is also the sole proprietor of Inter Metro Trucking and Heavy Weight Transportation, a logistics and trucking company with operations and offices in New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, California, and Texas. The Leventhal group is also active in real estate development with ongoing projects in both New Jersey and Georgia. In addition, Richard manages a Private Equity Portfolio and miscellaneous investments for his family office.
Richard and his wife Kathy have endowed scholarships at both the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California, as well as a research fellowship at Yale University and most recently have endowed the Richard and Kathy Leventhal Professor in the Department of Chemistry, at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago Center for Theoretical Chemistry.
Richard is a past treasurer of the Jewish Home for the Aged at Rockleigh, New Jersey, a member of the honorary board of directors of the Make a Wish Foundation of New Jersey, a past member of the regional advisory board for JP Morgan Chase, and a member of the board of directors of the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers.
Norbrook Laboratories Ltd
Norbrook Laboratories Ltd is a leading global provider of veterinary pharmaceuticals enhancing the health of farm and companion animals. It is one of the largest privately owned veterinary pharmaceutical companies in the world, and celebrated 50 years in business in 2019. The company’s headquarters are in Newry, Co Down, where the majority of the products are manufactured and tested. The company also have a facility in Co. Monaghan and in Kenya, with Sales & Marketing teams in every continent around the world. A multi-year, multi-million pound capital investment programme has delivered state-of-the-art laboratories, enhanced manufacturing facilities and improved the IT infrastructure, supporting the continued success of the Company globally. A large portfolio of products with new products launched annually has helped maintain the Company’s global presence in a buoyant sector. The Company is a major employer in Northern Ireland and a major contributor to the economy in Ireland. Norbrook has strong partnerships in the local community and its employees are actively involved in giving back to the community through a variety of initiatives.
JOHN HEALY OBE – Vice President & Managing Director, Allstate NI
John joined Allstate NI in January 2016 as Managing Director responsible for over 2,400 employees based in Belfast, Derry and Strabane. He was promoted to Vice President in July 2016.
John is the Executive Sponsor for the Women in Technology at Allstate (WITA) and the Embrace (LGBT) network. External to Allstate NI he is a Women in Business Diversity Champion and in June 2019 he was announced as the Northern Ireland ambassador for Business in the Community. John is a member of the Queen’s University Employers’ Forum, is a school governor and is Chair of the ICT Panel of the NI Government’s Technology Foresight Group MATRIX. He was also the past President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce,
PAUL CASSIDY – Learning & Development Senior Manager, Allstate NI
Paul joined Allstate NI in June 2020 to lead the Learning & Development team and drive the L&D strategy across a wide range of learning programs. He has 25 years in HR and L&D, working across a range of transformative projects, establishing strategy and building HR/L&D teams to effectively support business goals. Paul started his career as an HR Graduate with Moy Park. Over a 13-year period Paul has had many roles within HR mainly focused on L&D, supporting and introducing projects such as; company onboarding, leadership curriculum and standardizing practices.
Sean has spent the past 40 years in the technology and consulting industries working for many of the leading global firms. He is currently non-executive Chairman of Activeops; the world leading software for operations performance management as well as non-executive Chairman at Avvio; the world’s first AI hotel booking engine. He is a founder-investor in Scaleup group assisting digital firms achieve rapid growth and is also managing partner in a firm providing CEO and CSO coaching.
Previous roles include; Chairman of Southbank Sinfonia – a charity for young musicians, Board member for Capsticks law firm, and Chair of the trade association for UK IT Telecom and Electronics companies (now TechUK).
During his corporate career, Sean was primarily involved with international technology outsourcing. Key roles included GM&VP Strategic Outsourcing Europe for IBM, UK MD commercial for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Chairman and CEO of EDS UK and Global Vice President for CRM as well as Board Chair of Memorex Telex and Board of Eisys a Financial services business process provider. Sean began his career as a technology trainee at AC Delco and was a programmer, analyst, project leader and data centre manager before beginning his career in management.
Holder of two masters degrees (MBA, MSc organisational behaviour) Sean is also a qualified Master practitioner and executive coach. He lives outside London with his family.
Breakthru Beverage Group
Breakthru Beverage Group is a family-owned and operated beverage alcohol wholesaler. Breakthru operates in 16 states in the US and also operates throughout Canada. Breakthru proudly employs over 7,000 associates. Breakthru is proud of their multigenerational legacy of service, innovation, and expertise and focus on three key differentiators that drive it’s business forward: people, portfolio, and platform. www.breakthrubev.com
Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Terminal. Bloomberg’s enterprise solutions build on the company’s core strength: leveraging technology to allow customers to access, integrate, distribute and manage data and information across organizations more efficiently and effectively.
Anglo Beef Processors (ABP)
ABP is one of Europe’s leading privately owned agribusiness companies. It is the largest beef processor in the UK and Ireland. The company also operates substantial renewables (Olleco), pet food (C&D) and protein divisions. ABP employs over 11,000 people and has 47 manufacturing plants in the Ireland, UK, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Holland, France and Spain. www.abpfoodgroup.com.
In Northern Ireland, the company specialises in the processing of beef and lamb and has production facilities located in Newry and Lurgan. It employs 750 people and works with over 5000 farm families and supplies its products to many of Britain’s leading retailers and food service providers.
Sean entered the financial services industry in 2000 after graduating from the University of Scranton. He joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2008, where he leads The Gaffey Mellody Savoie Group. Within the group, Sean crafts customized portfolios with a focus on impact investing and uncovering unique opportunities to support each client’s specific goals.
Outside of work, Sean serves as a Board member for three non-profit organizations, Co-operation Ireland, which focuses on peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland; the Children’s Medical Research Foundation (CMRF), which seeks to improve the quality of children’s healthcare and research to transform the lives of sick children, young people and their families in Ireland and the United States and the Rockville Centre Lacrosse Club. Sean previously served on the Board of the Irish International Business Network-NY (IIBN), which fosters the global connectivity of Irish entrepreneurs. In addition, Sean has been named to the Irish American Business 100 on several occasions.
Sean resides in Rockville Centre, NY with his wife Allison and their two sons, Aiden and Liam.
Over 120 years ago, John Henderson set up a stall selling locally produced and churned butter, locally laid eggs and local cheese. John Henderson was a well-known figure and frequently was a judge of cheese and butter at the annual Balmoral Show. From this, a successful wholesale business followed, primarily selling out of St George’s Market, which of course has its own impressive heritage and is still thriving in 2018. Some years later, in 1923, the business was incorporated as a limited company.
In 1929, William Agnew married John Henderson’s daughter, and in 1940 William joined the company as a salesman, taking a controlling interest when John Henderson retired three years later. A few years later in 1947 John Henderson, founder of the company died at the age of 82.
William expanded the business and the range of products it sold. The business grew and required a further expansion of the premises at St Georges Market and a few years later Henderson’s took on an additional warehouse at Dawson Street, off the Antrim Road.
A key development however, was the acquisition of Andrew Millar & Company in 1956. They occupied a 50,000 sq ft warehouse at Ravenhill Avenue, Belfast. Andrew Millar was a very old established jam manufacturing business formed in 1873, Millar jam had been a market leading product in the Province. Mass produced jam post war from the big companies meant that it was difficult to compete with the national companies and the jam production was ended after two or three years.
William Agnew had a son John and two daughters Margaret and Dorothy. John Agnew would join the firm in 1957 after he had been sent to South Wales as part of his management training from 1955 to 1957 at Capper & Co (Newport) Ltd. William Agnew continued to run the company, with his son, John Agnew joining in 1957. John Agnew has since handed over control of the company to his sons, Geoffrey and Martin who continue as co-chairmen.
Heron Bros. Ltd
Heron Bros is a family owned business formed by six brothers in 1956 in Draperstown Northern Ireland. The company grew and diversified to reflect their keen interests in construction, land & property development, specialist joinery manufacture, quarrying and building supplies. Between 1983 and 1985, Heron Bros grew to become the largest private landlord of industrial land in Northern Ireland. The company continues to grow and under the current leadership of Group Managing Director Damian Heron has expanded its construction, land & property and manufacturing operations across the UK, Ireland and Europe.
ANGELA CANNY studied Hotel Business Management in Birmingham, and subsequently trained with Marriott Hotels in Miami, Florida. On relocating to the UK, Angela worked for a number of global hotel brands including Le Meridien and Radisson, moving on to tourist attractions including Granada Studios, Manchester, eventually returning to Ireland to work at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin. In 2010, she started working in the area of asset management and led several commercial teams for companies such as Windward Management and BDL Ireland restructuring hotel & venue assets across UK, Germany & Belgium. With a number of post grads, most recently from MIT in the area of Artificial Intelligence in Business Strategy, Angela has spent the last three years working in the tech space area focusing on sales & advertising solutions into the hospitality space. Angela’s latest project is leading a startup in the chatbot space.
Over his 40-year career, Jim Clerkin has worked for many prominent companies in the wine and spirits industry. In his current role, as President of Strategic Development and Advisor to the CEO, Jim is an Executive member of the Moët Hennessy Operational Committee, carries responsibility for key areas of global strategic development and participates in defining and executing the global Mergers & Acquisition strategy. Furthermore, Jim leads the Woodinville Board of Directors. Jim joined Moët Hennessy in 2008, and prior to his current role, he held the roles of Executive Vice President and COO at Moët Hennessy USA and most recently of President and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America.
Jim began his career in Ireland, where he rose through the ranks at Guinness, to ultimately become an executive member of the Board of Directors. In 1994, Grand Metropolitan recruited him to head its Irish wines and spirits division. Following his tenure at Grand Metropolitan, Diageo appointed him as EVP and President, assuming responsibility for Diageo’s wine and spirits division in the Western region of the United States, and consecutively, he joined Allied Domecq in 2003 as President for North America and Canada.
Jim has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of C&C Group plc since April 1, 2017. He currently resides in New York City, and is committed to supporting various philanthropic causes. Jim is the Chairman of Co-operation Ireland in the U.S., which is a nonprofit that promotes peace and sustainable reconciliation in his home country of Ireland.
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Born in Belfast 1945. Founded Oasis Retail Services Ltd in 1968 which, from small beginnings is now a significant operation, with the main emphasis of business development being in Northern Ireland employing circa 140 people. Former National Chairman (Adult Gaming Centres Division) of BACTA (The British National Trade Association). Current Chairman of NIACTA (The Northern Ireland Amusement Trade Association). Past President of BCTC and Former Director of BCCM. Former Chairman of the Northern Ireland Private Sector Funding Group IEF. Current Deputy Chair of Belfast Jewish Community. Current President of NIFI (Northern Ireland Friends of Israel).
Garvan O’Doherty Group
Garvan O’Doherty Group is an established, successful and dynamic organisation involved in hospitality (both on and off trade) and property sectors in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. It is also involved in a range of development projects which will be at the forefront of tourism and cultural developments in Northern Ireland.
Ian and Julia McLernon
Ian McLernon is the President and CEO of Remy Cointreau America’s, and Julia McLernon is an Executive Director in Global Technology at JP Morgan. Ian and Julia have travelled extensively having lived and worked in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and now New York, where they live in Manhattan with their two sons. Both are originally from Northern Ireland, Ian from Ballymoney and Julia from Drumahoe.
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.
Retired Senior Executive and active Independent Non-Executive Director. Board Chair at Glanbia Plc, Hazelwood Demesne Ltd (Lough Gill Distillery). Formerly CEO Intl Beam Inc , CFO Diagram Spirits and Wine Group, Partner PwC New York and Chair Supervisory Board Maximum BV.