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Nathan McDonnell, President

Nathan was elected as President of Tralee Chamber in December 2021 and is a proud and passionate Tralee man, focused on delivering results for the region while promoting the best of Tralee and North Kerry as an unbeatable location to live, work and visit.

Nathan is the Managing Director of Ballyseedy Group. Established in 1992 with a staff of over 150, Ballyseedy Home & Garden has become one of Ireland’s largest family-owned destination, lifestyle and garden centres. The flagship store is nestled in the heart of Co. Kerry just a few minutes outside Tralee. The Group also operates three additional cafés in partnership with Dairygold, located in Raheen, Co. Limerick as well as Midleton and Carrigaline in Co. Cork.

Colette O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer

Colette was appointed CEO of Tralee Chamber Alliance in October 2021. A management consultant specialising in hospitality and events, she has a proven track record of project management and was a founding member of the Listowel Business & Community Alliance.

Colette sits on a number of committees including the Kerry Economic Stakeholder Forum, the Kerry Chambers and is a director on the Board of the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation. Colette is responsible for the operational activities of the Chamber working with the President and Board of Directors in developing the overall strategic plan and coordinating its implementation through the Chamber Steering Group.

Kevin McCarthy — Chairperson, Steering Group

Kevin is the Managing Director of The Garvey Group, one of the largest independent retailers in the country with a retail turnover in excess of €130 million, employing over 800 people in ten retail stores throughout Munster.

The group also own two hotels in Dingle, Dingle Skelligs Hotel and Dingle Benners Hotel. The company are recognised as best in class and have won numerous national accolades in both the Retail and Hotel industry and are also holders of the prestigious ‘Deloitte Best Managed Business’ award for the past 9 years. Kevin is also a former President of The Rose of Tralee International Festival and past Captain of Tralee Golf Club.

Ronan Deasy — Secretary

Ronan is the Company Secretary for Kerry Group plc and is based in the company’s Head Office in Tralee. Ronan qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche and joined Kerry Group in 1991. In a career with the organisation that has spanned over 30 years, he has worked in numerous senior financial roles in Kerry businesses across the globe, including America, Australia, Asia and Europe.

Ronan has also served as Head of Investor Relations for the organisation and, prior to his present role, was Group Financial Controller. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of University College Cork, Dublin City University and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.

Stephen Stack

Stephen was appointed to the Board in November 2021. A Senior Branch Manager with AIB across Kerry, Clare and Limerick, Stephen is an experienced community banker with strong leadership, communication, compliance and decision making skills.

He is a leader of people for the past 26 years with excellent interpersonal skills and a sustained record of relentless customer focus and business growth. His role in founding the Listowel Business & Community Alliance in 2017 proved critical to the launch of several successful projects for the town including the Town Centre Health Check, Secured €50k Town & Village funding to develop a 3 year Economic & Marketing Plan and a new town website with support from Kerry County Council. A staunch GAA man, Stephen chaired up a €1.5 million of his own club Listowel Emmets redevelopment, a former All Ireland winning defender, previously managed Austin Stacks to club county championship and Munster club championship in 2014.

Aidan Turner

Aidan was formally appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2021. Aidan has been the Manager of J Turners since 2000, his family’s pub business started by his father Jerry and mother Carmel in 1976.

Since taking over, he oversaw the refurbishment and restructuring of the bar which is now one of Kerry’s top sports and music venues, which comprises of 3 bars. Prior to this, Aidan gained extensive experience through roles across Ireland and the UK. Aidan is a keen follower of local sporting & arts groups.

Mark Sullivan

Mark was formally appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2021. Mark has been General Manager of The Rose Hotel since 2015.

When Mark took over the role as General Manager, his first task was to oversee the refurbishment and restructuring of The Rose Hotel which is now one of Kerry’s leading 4 star hotels, comprising 161 bedrooms, Dott’s bar, two restaurants, extensive conference & banqueting facilities, Serenity Spa and Spirit Gym.

Since moving to Tralee in 1996 Mark has held senior roles in both Ballyroe Heights Hotel and The Brandon Hotel. Before this, Mark gained extensive experience working in Germany and the UK along with numerous roles in Ireland. He has keen interest in GAA, soccer & tennis and enjoys local walks & cycles on the many scenic areas around the town.

John Reen

John was appointed to the Board in November 2021 and is the Managing Director of Murphy & Sheehy Insurances Limited which is located at 11 Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

John acquired the company outright in April 2019. As a Certified Insurance Practitioner and Qualified Financial Advisor, John has focused on the commercial sector of General Insurances. Coupled with Qualified Financial Advice, John brings the full range of financial and risk management services to the clients of Murphy & Sheehy Insurances. John serves on the Executive Committee of Na Gaeil C.L.G and the St. Brendan’s District Board. He has also served on the Committee at Tralee Golf Club.



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