Clayton Hotel to host inaugural Horizon Summit next month

Next month the Clayton Hotel, Galway will be the venue for the first Horizon Summit a leadership conference aimed at helping businesses in Galway and across the country reach their full potential in 2016.

The keynote speaker will be Bobby Kerr, Chairman of Insomnia Coffee Company, former Dragon and presenter of Down to Business on NewsTalk — other presenters include Pádraic Ó’Máille. SMACHT, Eric Fitzpatrick and Dermot McConkey as well as productivity expert Ciara Conlon.

With 2016 on the horizon, the line-up of internationally-renowned speakers will provide business leaders, managers and executives with a boost of energy just at the time when planning for the year ahead is in full swing.

Ronan Walsh of Galway’s Sales Master Minders, the organisation behind the conference, says: ‘As we enter the last quarter of 2015 with a new year in front of us, Horizon Summit 2015 is the must-attend conference for all executives to reassess if they are getting the most out of themselves and their businesses.

‘It is a unique opportunity to hear so many top class speakers on business on one platform, right here in Galway.

Horizon Summit evolved from local sales network Sales Master Minders, a networking group of sales and business professionals who meet monthly with a focus on improving sales and business performance. 

‘We had a great response to our monthly meetings,’ says Darragh O’Connor one of the founders of Sales Master Minders. 

‘Our regular attendees told us they wanted more in depth sessions with some of the more popular speakers and we believe that the Horizon Summit delivers this for a wider audience.

Bobby Kerr led Insomnia Coffee Company to become Ireland’s largest coffee house chain over a 16 year period. He presents ‘Down to Business’ a Saturday Business Breakfast show on Newstalk and was a founding  ‘Dragon’ on RTE’s Dragons’ Den. He has a variety of business interests in food & hospitality, technology, manufacturing and retail. Bobby is also a popular public speaker and business mentor.

“I am delighted to be speaking at the Horizon Summit this October, the event is for business owners, senior management and employees looking to develop their skills and grow their business,’ said Bobby Kerr.

Padraic O’Maille, the well-known personal development coach from Galway will provide an energetic kick start to the day outlining the disciplines that encompass the “Smacht Values”. 

Dermot McConkey is one of the foremost authorities on assisting people in achieving positive, measurable change in their attitude, in their behaviour and in their results. He recently published The Selling Conversation, which was co-authored with international communications expert, Yanky Fachler.

Eric Fitzpatrick helps brand and market leading organisations to create and deliver Presentations that match their reputations. His session will pack a punch and show how you can make your business stand out from the crowd, 

Ciara Conlon is a productivity coach and author who helps organisations and their people to get better results by focusing on the right things at the right time, creating habits that create success as well as making time for creativity and innovation.

 Horizon Summit 2015, takes place at the Clayton Hotel Galway on the 22nd of October from 9.30am – 5:00pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day.

Tickets for event are priced at €120. For more info or to book, please visit:


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