Guest of Honour: Frank Ryan, Chairman IDA Ireland
Castleknock Hotel & Country Club 4th May 2017
First Dublin Chamber held the Inaugural Chamber Business Leadership Lunch on Thursday 4th May 2017 in the Castleknock Hotel & Country Club. The Guest of Honour was Frank Ryan, Chairman, IDA Ireland.
Chamber President, Guy Thompson in welcoming over seventy-five business leaders and their guests, outlined how the Leadership Lunches are part of a new development phase of the Chamber which will include lunches , dinners and special briefings for Chamber Strategic Partners and key Corporate Chamber Members together with other key stakeholders in the Fingal Region.
The recent Chamber Dinner in Dail Eireann was also part of this new approach to ensuring better and more relevant opportunities for Members to meet and network around specific key economic matters as well as the more important business issues of the day. This programme of events is vital for the continued development of Fingal Dublin Chamber and the Fingal Region.
The President was particularly pleased to welcome as our first Guest of Honour for the Inaugural Chamber Business Leadership Lunch, Frank Ryan, Chairman of IDA Ireland. A native of Dundalk, Frank served as Chief Executive of Enterprise Ireland from 2003 – 2012 and had previously spent 25 years with IDA Ireland, including 5 years in North America.
Frank’s vast experience and expertise in dealing with the ever-changing face of Ireland’s economic growth over the past 40 years makes him unique in understanding the global markets which a small open economy like Ireland’s operates in.
His leadership, vision and commitment to Ireland’s economic future is a great example to all business leaders and particularly so in to-day’s business environment with many challenges to be faced and overcome
in local, regional and global markets.
The Guest of Honour spoke of how Ireland has created a world leading economy over the past decades. With the many changes now taking place across the world, Ireland and its business leaders must now increase its presence and influence not only in Europe and the US but also throughout other key business developing regions like the Peoples Republic of China, India and Japan. He also spoke of the need to continue to drive our education system to provide the highly qualified talented workers for the future.
In an inspiring speech, Frank called on all business leaders to step up to the task of preparing Ireland for the challenges over the coming twenty-thirty years.
“The Chamber is delighted with the success of this Business Leadership Lunch. The attendees enjoyed wonderful food and of course great company. The Guest of Honour, Frank Ryan was a particularly excellent choice whose speech put Ireland’s business and economic success in its proper perspective with one Chamber Member describing it as “very insightful and motivating” while another entrepreneur felt “goose pimples” listening to him.” Said Chamber Chief Executive, Tony Lambert