Irish franchising has new steering group

The Irish Franchise Association elected a new Board of Directors at their recent AGM.

  • Chairman - John Green, Master Franchisor, Chem-Dry Ireland
  • Deputy Chairman - Fiacra Nagle, CEO, O'Briens Sandwich Bars
  • Treasurer - Tom Shanahan, Master Franchisor, Kendlebell
  • Legal Adviser - Bill Holohan, principal of Bill Holohan and Associates, Solicitors, Cork and Dublin
  • Paul Fagan, Master Licensor, ActionCOACH Business Coaching, and Aussie Pet Mobile
  • Andy Hennessy, Master Franchisor, Fastway Couriers
  • Dave Killeen, Managing Partner, Killeen & Associates, Franchise Consultants
  • Michael Kearney, Master Franchisor, Home Instead Senior Care
  • Colette Pennick, Business Development Director, the streat franchising ltd

Michael Bradley continues as CEO of the Irish Franchise Association

IFA Chairman, John Green, said: 'This strong team will enhance the profile of business format franchising in Ireland and ensure a continuation of the outstanding growth in the franchise sector. Franchising is now recognised as a viable option for budding entrepreneurs and as an attractive model for existing business owners wishing to expand their business.'

Chairman, John Green is Master Franchisor, Ireland for Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery cleaning Franchise. Together with his brother Pat he acquired the licence in 1989 and currently has 43 franchisees operating across the country. John is Chairman of the Irish Franchise Association and a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. He was voted Franchise Person of the Year 2005 for his work in promoting franchising in Ireland.

Deputy Chairman, Fiacra Nagle is Chief Executive Officer of the fastest growing Irish franchise, O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bar. Joining the company as a Director in early 2000, Fiacra previously worked in international banking for almost 15 years. In November 2006, he led the company to a double win at the Irish Franchise Awards, scooping Retail Franchise of the Year and winning himself the title of Franchise Person of the Year. O'Briens have over 300 stores worldwide, including over 100 stores in Ireland.

Treasurer, Tom Shanahan is the Master Franchisor for Kendlebell which provides a range of virtual office services. A Chartered Accountant with a Business Studies degree he is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. Tom has been in business for over twenty years and has spent much of his career working for large multi-national organizations including Motorola where he was CEO of Eirpage and Director of European Wireless Operations. Subsequently he was MD of Software Paths and Zomax.

Legal Adviser, Bill Holohan, B.C.L., LL.B., F.C.I.L.S., F.C.I.Arbis is the principal of Bill Holohan and Associates, Solicitors, Cork and Dublin. He is also a Notary Public, an Arbitrator, a Trade Mark Agent/Community Trade Mark Practitioner and is a Commissioner for Oaths. He is the Honorary Legal Advisor to the Irish Franchise Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Maritime Law Association. In addition to acting as solicitor and advisor to private clients and business clients he is the company secretary and/or company director of a number of companies.

Paul Fagan is Master Licensor for both ActionCOACH Business Coaching and Aussie Pet Mobile. Paul, a former banker, became a master licensor in 2002 bringing ActionCOACH Business Coaching (formerly Action International) to Ireland. He is in the process of launching a mobile pet grooming service later this year.

Andy Hennessy and his business partner Gerry Riordan own the national master rights for the Fastway franchise system in Ireland and operate throughout the thirty-two counties. They now have a full complement of nine Regional Franchisees and in excess of 110 Courier Franchisees. Andy Hennessy assumes the role of Director of Sales and Marketing operating from the Franchise Support Office in Swords, Co. Dublin.

Michael Kearney - bought the Master Licence for Snap Printing in 1982 and currently is Chairman of the Board. Snap has 23 franchised centres throughout Ireland. He is also Chairman of Home Instead Senior Care, winner of Ireland's Best Emerging Franchise Award in 2006. Home Instead currently has 8 offices in Ireland. He is Vice Chairman of Unicef Ireland, a charity that raises funds for the world's neediest children. Other interests include golf and rugby.

Dave Killeen - is managing partner of Killeen & Associates, Franchise Consultants. As General Manager of the retail brands Division of Vantage Wholesale, David was instrumental in launching the Costcutter retail brand in Ireland, and, with Statoil, the Fareplay brand which was the first business format franchise in the convenience store sector. He was mentored through best practice franchise principles by international franchise experts from America and shares that expertise, knowledge and his own practical experience through his franchise consultancy practice.

Colette Pennick is Business Development Director of the streat franchising ltd., one of Ireland's newest, most exciting and fast growing café franchises. She began her career in fashion retail, and rapidly became group buyer before co-founding one of Northern Irelands leading software businesses and grew the business into one of Europe's Fast 500 and Ireland's Fast 50 companies. Colette is also a Business Adviser to a variety of start up company owners.