Top west of Ireland businesses unite to launch Sales Professionals Network

Sales professionals in the West of Ireland finally have a network to help them learn and share their experiences across industries. The first event of the Sales Professionals Network took place in the Portershed, Galway and was attended by over 150 sales and marketing professionals working in the West of Ireland. A formal launch of the Sales Professionals Network will take place in the coming months.

The Network was born from the Regional Skills West forum ( ) which identified professional sales across multiple disciplines as a skill which seemed to be deficient in industry across the region. Regional Skills Forum Manager Claire Hurley said, "It’s great to see the work of the forum coming to life and to have such a fine group of individuals and businesses involved in driving this network forward.”

Regional Skills West Forum ( ) is an initiative which is industry driven, by identifying the skills shortages of regional based businesses and linking with eduction. Educational stakeholders include NUI Galway, GMIT, GRETB, MSLETB and Skillnets. Mark Gantly of Hewlett Packard is the Chair of the Regional Skills Forum while the Sales Professionals Network steering committee includes John McArdle, EMEA Channel Director Ipswitch, Richard Haxby, MD MathWorks , John Horkan, CEO Horkan Group, Lorraine Banks, GM Eurostar Conferences , Frank Cashman, MD of Anecto Ltd., Ruairí Conroy GM Siteminder EMEA and Renate Kohlmann Director, EU Sales & Service Wayfair.

The keynote speaker Jeanne Hopkins, CMO of Ipswitch, is a renowned author, advisor and speaker specialising in sales and marketing. Ms. Hopkins gave an impassioned and intelligent presentation on the importance of aligning sales and marketing for business growth.

The panel on the night included a broad mix of industry from Frank Cashman MD of Anecto Ltd., Donal Vaughan, Vaughan’s Shoes, Sinead Cassidy, Sales & Marketing Manager Galway Races, and John Conlon, Regional Manager, Google Marketing Solutions EMEA. The panel shared their sales and marketing experience with the audience and panel host Fergal O’Connor, CEO of Buymedia. The audience left thoroughly entertained, educated and looking forward to the next event.

For future events or information please register at or contact Claire Hurley, [email protected].


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