Tony has over 27 years experience in business. He has owned and operated his own business during this time and worked for both DHL and Apple Computers in supply chain management. Tony was also involved in wholesale and a retail distribution business and the entertainment industry. As the Company’s Managing Director he was responsible for a national distribution network with 68 full time employees. As part of an established business family, Tony was fortunate enough to experience the commitment and dedication needed to run a business from an early age. His parents raised a family of seven while managing a business in Cork. His siblings continue to be involved and operate a variety of businesses to this day. For Tony this instilled a deep understanding of business and enterprise.
Since 2010 he has been employed by Cork City Partnership GLC, where he heads up the enterprise support and training team. Tony advises Sole traders, Partnerships and Companies on business development issues on a one-to-one basis, and he has facilitated micro enterprise network meetings to encourage peer group support among business owners.
Tony designed and delivered a ‘How to start and run a Small Business’ programme at Cork College of Commerce, and as part of the Business IQ team, he has delivered Start your Own Business Programme training for a number of LEOs.
He has also delivered training on the UCC accredited Innovation Academy Programme. He is a committee member for the ILDN National Enterprise Awards and the Boomerang Social Enterprise committee. He was previously the Chairman of the Galway Shawl Festival.