Welcome To The Business All-Stars
On Thursday May 2nd 2019 The Fifth All-Ireland Business Summit At
Croke Park, Will Play Host To The Business All-Star Final.
The Business All-Star program is an annual competition designed to identify and recognise Irish companies and individuals that have distinguished themselves in the conduct of their business over the last 12 months.Divided into 21 categories, ranging from All-Stars New Business to All-Star Innovative Business, the line up reflects the diverse stages of development and vertical specialisation of Irish companies.Winners in each category are designated with All-Star status and as such represent the highest current performance level in Irish business, and are presented as a standard or benchmark to be equaled or exceeded.All-Star title holders will have proven through a rigorous judging process, to be on merit, worthy recipients of the accolade.May the Best Win!
The All-Star Judges & Process
The 2018 All-Star Judging panel is Chaired by Dr. Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and assisted by Deputy Chair Kieran F. Ring of the Global Institute of Logistics. The Chairs will be supported by a panel of industry experts.
Over the course of the next 11 weeks, applications will be reviewed and the applicant company's principle, its customers and trading partners spoken to by a member of the judging panel.
In phases, using a scorecard the judges will whittle down the original longlist of applicants to a shortlist of finalists. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday March 11th. In keeping with the spirit of Croke Park and the competition, the All-Star final round of judging will take place on the day of the All-Ireland Business Summit on Thursday, April 19th. On the day, the 120 candidates that have made it to the final round will meet with the judging panel, face to face.
As in sport there can only be one overall winner, in each category. However, the standard required to reach the All-Star Final guarantees there will be very little between the finalists on the day. Consequently, in recognition of reaching the final, all participants in Croke Park will be accredited with the All-Star Award of Excellence.
Please carefully review the Categories below and choose up to 3 in which to compete. You will need to apply separately under each category.
In the spirit of good governance and indeed that of Best in Class, three of the 100 points available are specifically granted to entrants who submit their application before the deadline of Monday, February 19th. The information you provide or that we collate during the judging process will be subject to the highest standards of confidentiality.
The Key Numbers To Keep In Mind are
#4 #100 #11
4 Step Judging Process, 100 Points to Score & 11 Weeks of Competition to Achieve All-Star.
Judging Phase 1-2: Reviewing application & speaking with you.
Finalists Announced March 11th
(60 Points available minimum 33 Points Needed to proceed)
Judging Phase 4: Live Judging At All Ireland Summit in Crok Park on Thursday April 19th.
Overall winner of All Star in each category announced and each runner up certiﬁed with All Star Award of Excellence in recognition
(15 Points available)
Founder & Managing Director of Supermac's
Pat McDonagh is the founder and Managing Director of Ireland’s most successful indigenous quick service restaurant group, Supermac’s. Supermac’s currently operates 108 restaurants throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. The company employs over 2,700 people nationally and has helped to establish up to 60 self-employed franchisees in their own successful businesses.
Pat is married to Una and they have 4 children. Marie, Siobhán, John & Conor. He is highly involved in the day-to-day running of the company, overseeing each business project from inception to full implementation. Pat is joined on the board of directors by Una, who is also actively involved in the running of the business.
Pat started his career as a teacher and, having always had an interest in business, he decided to explore this further by opening his first restaurant outlet in Ballinasloe in 1978. Having played a lot of sport in secondary school, he earned his nickname during a Gaelic Football match when one of the supporters on the side line christened him, “Supermac”. This then became the natural choice of name for his business, “Supermac’s”. Pat met Una very early on in the story of Supermac’s and both have been key and instrumental to the success story it has become.
Pat & Una have expanded their hospitality business interests through the purchase and development of the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick, the Loughrea Hotel & Spa, the Charleville Park Hotel in Cork and the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise.
Pat is a keen sports fan, having a particular interest in GAA. Supermac’s is one of the country’s longest serving sponsor of a GAA intercounty team having begun its sponsorship of Galway hurling in 1991. Supermac’s currently sponsors Galway Football as well as Galway Hurling, Galway Camogie, Galway Ladies Football, Galway Ladies Soccer and Galway United. Supermac’s also supports drama groups, schools, local events and festivals nationally as well. In 2016 Supermac’s became a Gold Sponsor of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and this all shows that Supermac’s relationship with the communities in which it has stores is another important part of its success story.
Chanelle, Lady McCoy
Dragon's Den Investor, Successful Business Woman in Pharmaceuticals & Fashion
Co-founder, Chanelle Medical
Chanelle, Lady McCoy recently ranked no 23 in the ‘50 incredible people shaping modern Ireland’. She leads Chanelle Medical, part of the multi-million pound global company Chanelle Pharmaceutical Group based in Galway. Chanelle is the newest dragon on the TV series Dragon’s Den in Ireland and is also married to horseracing legend Sir AP McCoy.
Chanelle Medical & Chanelle Veterinary develop and manufacture generic (copycat) drugs, holding more than 3,000 medical product licenses in over 93 countries. They have won many awards, including the Life Science Award at the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards 2017, Exporter of the Year 2016, Life Sciences Exporter of the Year 2016, Export Innovation of the Year 2016, Winner of ‘Project of the Year’ at the Pharma Industry Awards 2016 and the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award 2015.
Chanelle is a popular business, leadership & motivational speaker due to her experience of co-heading up Ireland’s largest indigenous Pharmaceutical Company, being responsible for over 500 people and turning-over in excess of €110m. She is also a huge supporter of women in business and mentoring young entrepreneurs. Her key-note and after-dinner speeches, Q&A sessions cover a vast number of subjects such as growing a business on a global scale, leadership styles, women in business, time management, work life balance, next generation work force & using initiative.
The 41 year-old is married to Sir AP McCoy OBE, Champion Jump Jockey for 20 consecutive years, voted BBC Sports Personality of the year in 2010. When he retired in 2015, AP was awarded with the BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was knighted by the Queen for his Services to Horseracing. Chanelle and AP have 2 children Eve (10) and Archie (4). Chanelle also reveals during her speaking engagements what it’s like to live with such a highly driven and determined sportsman.
Having been recognised as a successful businesswoman in her own right, Chanelle joined Dragons Den in Ireland earlier this year. She enjoys sharing her experience of scaling up a business and taking it to global markets as well as giving opportunities to entrepreneurs who are the future of industries. Chanelle co-presents for other TV stations such as the BBC, and is also an Ambassador for a number of race days and for the charity Tiny Tickers.
Chanelle’s love for business has also seen her branch out into the fashion industry. In 2014 Chanelle and 5 partners opened the doors of Mojo & McCoy, a successful boutique in Berkshire.
World’s leading TV Hypnotist, Mentalist and Magician
Most entertainers strive to be an expert in one given discipline. Keith has dedicated his life to be an expert in all of the mystery arts and is the only talent Worldwide to be a complete expert in magic, mentalism, hypnosis, escapology, brain hacking and deception. And, no one can figure out how he does what he does.
Keith's TV appearances go viral. He's the mentalist/ hypnotist expert/brains behind the wildly successful NOW YOU SEE ME movies franchise. HIS TED TALK HAS BEEN IN THE TOP 25 TED TALKS OF ALL TIME SINCE 2008. He has the rare and wildly entertaining ability to hypnotize anyone...anywhere... anytime. Keith is one of the world's most diverse and in demand Corporate Keynote Speakers and Corporate Entertainers.
He has featured as a Keynote Speaker/Performer at the CBS Upfronts, Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, TUMI International Conference in Hong Kong, HRTechWorld Congress in Paris and The Million Dollar Round Table Annual Meeting in Phoenix. He was awarded both the prestigious Merlin Award for "Mentalist of the Year" and “Best Magician in Las Vegas” as voted for by the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Keith's recent hit TV show "You're Back in the Room" aired on Channel 9 in Australia in 2016 to huge ratings as did the 2 seasons of the UK version of the show for ITV1.
The US version, renamed "Hypnotize Me" also stars Keith and is due to air on Fox TV in the USA, hosted by Taye Diggs. This show is the first hypnosis gameshow format ever and is built around Keith's particular skillset. Keith has starred in over 40 INTERNATIONAL TV SHOWS and has appeared many times on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", "The Jimmy Kimmel" show and The Conan O'Brien Show He was the star of the CBS Special "Extraordinary", Discovery Channel's worldwide hit series "Deception with Keith Barry" and MTV's "Brainwashed".
Keith's brand new international TV series "HYPNOPRANKS" has already secured production partners in Australia, the UK, Ireland and the US. Over 14 years Keith has performed his live shows to over 1 Million people in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, France, Croatia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Russia, UAE and the UK.
Chairperson, All-Stars Accreditation Ceremony
Serial entrepreneur, Dragon's Den Investor & Leadership Coach
Gavin Duffy is one of Ireland's top entrepreneurs and most sought after motivational speakers and MC's.His witty, engaging and entertaining speaking style is guaranteed to inspire any audience or group.
Gavin is publicly known for his work with entrepreneurs on all seven series of RTE's Dragons' Den. Gavin's career in media started at age seventeen, setting-up a local radio station in County Louth. He was the presenter of the first RTE television business programme, Marketplace, and two years before that in 1985 was one of the first broadcasters on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One. He won the franchise for regional radio station LMFM in 1989, later sold to UTV.
For the past twenty five years, Gavin has worked with some of the top senior leadership teams in Ireland and internationally, transforming executive teams into effective, resilient communicators and thought leaders.
Gavin's extensive experience, both in radio and on television coupled with his knowledge and expertise in business ensure that he is a naturally engaging MC and Speaker.
Legendary Donegal GAA All-Star & Entrepreneur McEniff Hotel Group
Brian McEniff (born 1 December 1942) is a former Gaelic football manager. Regarded as a Gaelic football Godfather-type the high point of his managerial career was his masterminding of Donegal's 1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final victory over Dublin. In his most recent spell as manager of his county team he led them to the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-finals in 2003.
McEniff has also managed Ulster for 25 years from 1982 until 2007, and has coached the Ireland international rules football team to victory over the Australia international rules football team in Australia. As a player, he received an All Star Award in 1972 and twice won the Ulster Senior Football Championship.
Chairman, Kelsius Serial Investor, Dragons' Den Star
Eamonn is former Deputy Chairman and Marketing director of Superquinn the supermarket chain now part of the Musgrave group. He is an active retail technology investor. Eamonn is Chairman of kelsius a provider of digital food safety compliance software and hardware to the food and healthcare sectors. In addition, he is on the board of yReciepts a digital receipt business helping to connect the online world with real stores. More recently he has invested In Buymie a grocery delivery platform seeking to solve the last mile problem of store to home. A former dragon on RTE's Dragons' Den, Eamonn is part of Ashoka's support network working with social entrepreneurs and a director of DCU's educational trust. He also currently chairs the retail action group on food waste and is a member of the Food Safety consultative panel.
Award winning entrepreneur, Dragon's Den Investor
Joint MD- Cara Group
Ramona Nicholas is a self-made, Award winning, Entrepreneur who is the Joint Managing Director of the Cara Group, holding 16 Pharmacies, 2 Home stores and a thriving online store.
The Cara Group was formed with her husband in 2002, and the group has grown to a turnover of circa €38 Million. Employing over 245 staff, their head office and distribution centre is based in Co. Donegal. A Qualified Pharmacist, she is highly skilled in Strategic Planning, HR, Aggressive Purchasing Methods, and Web Development.
The Company has won many Awards under her guidance, including the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Award, in 2012, 2013,and 2014, and achieved the Gold Standard in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Most recently in 2018, the company was awarded Platinum Standard.
Ramona also reached the final 8 in the ‘Industry Section’ of the Ernst and Young, Entrepreneur of The Year 2017, competing against some of the countries finest businesses. She is now part of the Ernst and Young EOY Alumni.
She completed two series as a Dragon on the RTE Series ‘Dragons' Den' and also was the only female and youngest person to complete the RTE Series 'The Secret Millionaire' in 2012. She speaks publicly around the country, on many subjects and also has MC'd many events.
Ramona is passionate about retail both on the High Street and through eCommerce. She also has a huge interest in the growth of entrepreneurship in Ireland, and is a mentor to many start ups.
CSR is close to her heart and through the ‘Cara and the Community’ Initiative, the Company has donated over €200,000 to both local and national Charities.
Ramona was selected as one of the ‘Top 25 most Influential Women’ in Ireland in 2014. She was also awarded Queens University 'Graduate of the Year' in 2013, and 'Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014' by WMN (Women Mean Business)
She resides in Donegal with her husband Canice, and two children, Alex (9) and Sarah (2).
Niall Breslin ('Bressie')
Co-founder & Director of 'A Lust for Life'
Niall is a retired professional rugby and inter county football player, a multi platinum selling song-writer and music producer, public speaker and documentary maker who comes from the midlands town of Mullingar in Co. Westmeath. He is a former coach on The Voice of Ireland TV show and an active and extremely passionate mental health campaigner. His recent book "Me and my mate Jeffrey" which he wrote about his journey with his mental health became a bestseller and he is currently filming a number of documentaries regarding the subject of mental health and emotional wellness in Ireland.
International Speaker, Author,Neuroplasticity Expert
Master Coach and Practical Neuroplasticity Expert Judy may Murphy has been at the top of the speaker industry for 17 years. She has seven books published by major publishing houses in 28 countries. She’s a regular on national radio and TV shows around the world and is the personal coach to many founders, Hollywood industry giants and star speakers. She sorts the tough stuff in unique and effective ways so that you can start to harvest what you’ve already put into your dream.
Globetrotting Psychologist, Bestselling Author & Persuasion Guru
Owen Fitzpatrick is an Globetrotting Psychologist, International Bestselling author and one of the most sought after thought leaders in the area of Leadership, Influence and Storytelling. Owen has shared the stage with speakers Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Jean Claude Van Damme and Dr Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP) and has been hired by Billionaires, Olympic athletes as well as the Central Bank of Ireland, Coca Cola, Google, Salesforce, Pfizer, Oriflame, Barclays Bank, Sage and Car Trawler. Having traveled to more than 100 countries and spoken to audiences in more than 30 countries, he has authored 7 books which have been translated into more than 15 languages. Having studied Strategic Negotiation in Harvard Business School and Communication and Influence in MIT and having been coached by the media coach for Bill Clinton: Michael Sheehan, Owen understands influence, charisma and the power of language and storytelling to persuade and motivate others like very few people on the planet.
Owen’s videos online have been viewed by more than one million people.
Pádraig Ó Céidigh
Founder of Aer Arann, Independent Senator, Veteran Entrepreneur
Pádraig is currently an independent senator (nominated by the Taoiseach) and member of the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport. A fluent Gaelic speaker and Connemara native, Pádraig received his third level education in NUIG before having careers in accountancy, teaching (Coláiste Iognáid) and as a solicitor.
Founder of Aer Arann and Aer Lingus Regional. Pádraig was nominated for World Entrepreneur of the Year and has twice been invited back as a judge. In total, Pádraig has created over 1,000 full time jobs in Ireland.
Pádraig is passionate about community support, he led fundraising events which raised of significant amount for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Temple Street Hospital in Dublin and various other charities over the years. He is also patron to a number of other charities.
He is Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business in NUI Galway, was chair of the Business School Advisory Board, and an alumnus of NUIG and Harvard Business School. He was awarded Business Alumni of the Year by NUIG. A former recipient of the Ernst and Young Irish Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is a former board member of RTÉ, CROI, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Fáilte Ireland West and Chair of the National GAA Research Board.
He is also founder of a number of other companies in the following sectors: publishing, music, aircraft maintenance, outsourcing, homecare and internet marketing.
High Performance Psychologist & Coach with an unmatched ability to unlock potential - from Olympians to Everest Climbers to GAA teams to Business leaders
Gerry (The Awakening) has been at the forefront of building high performance teams and individuals in Olympic and Professional, sport and corporate organisations. His vast experience has seen him prepare and lead teams for success at Olympic Games, Heineken cups, World cups, and World and European championships in Professional Rugby, Olympic sailing, Athletics, Olympic Boxing, Track Cycling and GAA.
Along with his sporting portfolio Gerry currently works with global leading corporate organisations and business teams in the areas of Leadership, High Performance Team development and human performance.
His passion to deliver real and authentic experiences that truly embrace and ignite change has seen Gerry develop a series of Leadership, Team and Individual Performance and Health programmes that he delivers in bespoke environments from the incredible Delphi Valley in Ireland, to Base Camp Everest and Africa. On these extraordinary experiences he facilitates and coaches his clients to strip away learned behaviours and thinking and re connect with the best version of themselves, to reprioritise, Re energise and re awaken and ignite their inner passion and ability.
Gerry is passionately committed to building human capacity and igniting the true potential of the human mind and human spirit. He excels in creating dynamic, innovative and high performing organisational culture that grows its people to achieve excellence in performance and leadership. Gerry brings an unrivalled wealth of honesty, experience and infectious passion into his dynamic systems and presentations. He has the ability to awaken, unlock and connect people and teams in a truly powerful manner. Add this connection to incredible clarity and focus and you have an idea of how powerful and inspiring a session or a program from Gerry can be.
Sinead Kane & John O'Regan
Sinead - First Visually-Impaired Athlete To Complete The World Marathon Challenge & Holder of 2 Guinness World Records With John - Her Coach & Guide Runner
Behind every great business is a great team, but fostering a great team can be a challenge. The world is becoming more competitive with a greater need than ever for people to work together effectively in teams to make organisations successful. Sport is a wonderful educator and HR can learn much from it. Assessing your team and actively implementing change are both keys to taking your returns to the next level.Meet Sinead Kane and John O’Regan who show that a good team achieves winning results. Sinead Kane & John O’Regan joined forces back in December 2014. This was after Sinead had completed her first attempt at the Marathon Distance in October 2014. John spotted potential and thought that Sinead might be an untapped talent so he suggested that she try a longer race. John is the International Teams Coordinator for Ultra Running with Athletics Ireland and has captained the team at World Championship level. John not only became Sinead’s guide runner but also her coach and team mate. As John says: ‘To make the dream work you have to have team work.’ Sinead needs a guide runner because she is registered as blind. She just has 5% vision. Sinead may lack eyesight but she can fully see where she is going in terms of her goals. In February 2015, Sinead and John successfully completed a 50K race. Since then Sinead has ran two* 12 hour races and ran a distance of over 100K and finished in second place on both occasions. In November 2015, they took part in an extreme high altitude race in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile called the Volcano Marathon. It traverses Lascar Volcano which is possibly the most active in the region. In January 2017, Sinead and John took on the World Marathon Challenge. This is an amazing logistical and physical challenge to run a Marathon on each of the Seven Continents within Seven Days. They successfully completed this challenge which included 59 hours of flight time, 43,509Km flight distance as well as 295Km of running. They passed through 15 time zones and survived on very little sleep. But these events don’t just happen and their story is one of Team Building and Team Work. Coping with these extreme challenges isn’t easy and getting the job done requires all the attributes you would associate with keeping your business afloat. Sinead and John will share what it means to be a winning teammate. Understanding team dynamics and what makes them work can lead to greater innovation, increased profit, and happier employees.
All-Ireland Summit 2018 Chairperson, Newstalk Broadcaster
Ivan Yates has had unique life experience in politics, business and media. A former government minister and Wexford TD for more than 20 years; an entrepreneur who founded and developed Celtic Bookmakers to employ 400 people, with €200 million turnover.
He bounced back from bankruptcy in Wales in 2012 to become a highly successful national broadcaster presenting top-rated programmes on Newstalk and TV3; as well as a leading columnist with the Irish Independent newspaper.
In 2014 he published his best-selling autobiography, ‘Full On’ with acclaimed reviews. He resides in Dublin and Enniscorthy, is married to Deirdre with 4 adult children.
His original forthright style of entertaining punditry and analysis on the full range of current affairs and sport has made him a much sought after motivational public speaker at corporate and formal events. He also acts as a versatile conference facilitator/moderator, MC with a flair for asking the questions that need answering. Ivan is a memorable and compelling after-dinner speaker.
Ivan’s attention to detail, preparation and client focus ensures your event runs smoothly and efficiently, with humorous asides. He adds value to your occasion by making it special.
A Message From The Organisers
Dear All-Star in the Making,
If you have come this far it means you are interested in competing to be an All-Star.
This in itself is a very positive reflection on how you view yourself and your company. In fact, you have already set yourself apart and that augurs well for your chances in the competition.
Starting with a modest 300 delegates at the inaugural All Ireland Summit in 2015, this year in 2019, we will welcome more than a 1000 executives to Croke Park.
Why you ask, why the growth, why the interest and why the support?
Well, we have asked ourselves that too and to get to the answer we asked our base and they told us:
Croke Park is a place for the people by the people, a venue where performance is lauded and excellence celebrated through the All-Ireland sports series.
The All-Ireland Business summit has assumed the same values, establishing itself as a safe place and space for Irish business executives to come to, to meet with the Champions of Irish Business, and indeed to champion their own business in an environment where success is Encouraged & Rewarded.
2019 All-Ireland Business Summit will be further enhanced through the naming of 20 All-Stars Irish Businesses.
Give it Your Best Shot, the Winning is in the Competing