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People in Business – Gerry Halloran

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When Gerry Halloran received a call from Michael Barry, head of Motorpark, in early 2000 asking him to meet in Galway he thought it could only be bad news.

‘I was National Manager of Vehicle Finance for Lombard & Ulster at the time and Motorpark was one of our biggest clients outside of Dublin,’ recall Gerry.

‘I thought that Michael wanted to meet to break the news that they were cancelling their contract with us.

‘Instead he offered me the job of General Manager at Motorpark.

Gerry was commuting between Dublin and Galway at the time and he jumped at the chance to settle back into a more regular family life in Galway and to move into the motor trade, an industry he had worked with, but not in, since he left school.

He started out as a clerk with PMPA in his hometown, Ballina, and found that motor insurance, cars and Gerry got on well together so over the following five years he progressed his career with PMPA.

In 1984 he became a sales rep for Lombard & Ulster based in Letterkenny, covering all of Donegal.

His remit was to sell HP and leasing to finance the purchase of machinery, domestic goods, vehicles and anything else that needed financing.

‘I had an excellent manager there who encouraged us to solve problems on our own and gave us responsibility at a young age,’ remembers Gerry.

‘I also learned a lot from my customers who were self-reliant, astute business people which gave me a real lesson in the value of building long-term relationships with people.

After seven years in Donegal. Gerry was appointed Manager of Lombard & Ulster in Galway and two years later he became Area Manager for the West of Ireland.

In 1997 he took on the role of National Manager for Vehicle Finance, based in Dublin.

His family remained in Galway as his wife Gráinne has a career with AIB and his children were settled in school, so Gerry commuted to Dublin every week.

Then came that call from Michael Barry which brought him back to work in Galway in March 2000.

Motorpark was one of the biggest dealers outside of Dublin with franchises for BMW, Mini, Mitsubishi, Honda and of course Ford.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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GMIT’s new Head of its Business School

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Dr George Onofrei, Head of the GMIT School of Business.

GMIT has announced the appointment of Dr George Onofrei as the new Head of its School of Business, commencing this month.

Prior to joining GMIT, Dr Onofrei was Senior Lecturer in Strategic Development in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

He has over 15 years’ experience in academia as well as considerable industry practice within the automotive, food and retail sector. He brings experience and a proven track record of success in the development of new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

“I look forward to continuing the development of new programmes and creating new opportunities within the School of Business working with both staff and industry partners,” said Dr Onofrei.

He succeeds Professor Graham Heaslip who was appointed Head of the GMIT School of Engineering, following Gerard MacMichael’s retirement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corrib Oil’s national expansion

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Galway-headquartered Corrib Oil, one of Ireland’s leading service station and oil distribution providers has entered an agreement to acquire H2 Group.

While subject to approval by the competition regulator, this deal will see Corrib Oil acquire 13 high quality retail sites based across the south and east of Ireland, expanding the Corrib Retail footprint to 33 stores in total.

It means Corrib Oil will operate across 54 sites in 16 counties, employing over 1,000 people.

The new sites are located in Kerry; Kildare; Limerick; Tipperary; Dublin; Laois, Offaly and Cork.

Established in 1987, Corrib Oil employs 700 people across 14 counties in the West, Midlands and South.

The company, which was founded in Claremorris, is headquartered in Parkmore on the east side of Galway city. It operates two distinct divisions, Corrib Retail and Corrib Distribution.

Corrib Retail currently operates 20 convenience stores with forecourts; while Corrib Distribution, a leading distributor of heating oils and fuel, operates through 21 depots across 14 counties.

Having maintained a 22-year relationship with BWG Foods, all Corrib Retail convenience stores are branded as Spar, while all forecourts are branded Circle K or Texaco, with instore partners including Insomnia and Chopped.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New course helps make sense of Artificial Intelligence and its uses

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Managers in Galway companies who would like to learn how they could put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for their organisations are being encouraged to sign up for a new course.

It comes as research found that 50% of organisations around the world have adopted AI in at least one function, while 79% of organisations are also exploring or piloting AI projects.

Of those companies who have implemented AI, 63% report revenue increases in the relevant business units.

The new Artificial Intelligence for Managers postgraduate certificate is being offered by NUI Galway to those who wish to get a better understanding of AI and its implications for business and enterprises.

Participants do not need to have any coding skills; this non-technical programme will focus instead on the strategic use of AI and how businesses and management can approach the practical implementation of AI technologies within their company. Candidates will learn about the practicalities necessary for successful AI adoption including data and skills requirements, ethics and legal issues. As such the programme would suit those in management positions in sectors like telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, finance, marketing, automotive and more.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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