Galway runs the risk of losing a global networking event to Dublin or another Irish city due to a lack of local sponsorship.
That’s according to Galway native and Irish Executives Summit 2012 organiser John Keogh, who warned this week that the event, scheduled to take place on 26 and 27 September, could be in jeopardy.
Established in 2008, social media network Irish Executives connects nearly 16,000 business people within Ireland and around the world via LinkedIn.
Last year’s inaugural Irish Executives Summit in Galway proved a massive success and the group’s membership has grown by almost 10,000 since then.
However, just one local company has thus far provided sponsorship for this year’s event. Volunteers, who Mr Keogh said are going “above and beyond” to support the summit, have provided the remainder of funding for the initiative, which will be addressed some of the leading global business experts, including John Phillips, Senior Vice President, Customer Supply Chain and Logistics, PepsiCo. Inc.
Over 200 executives from around the world are expected to attend this year’s event in the Radisson Blu Hotel but Canada resident Mr Keogh said this figure could rise to 400 if suitable sponsorship is secured for the event.
He added that Galway also runs the risk of losing next year’s Irish Executives Summit, which will focus on tourism initiative The Gathering and will be supported by Fáilte Ireland.
“If we don’t get sponsorship this year for Galway, we’re going to have to organise the event in Dublin or Cork next year during The Gathering event, which will be more high profile. We’re looking to bring up to 400 Irish Executives home for that event next year, so this is the time for Galway to step up and show that it’s possible to have these events in Galway and also get them sponsored locally,” he said.
Irish Executives aims to share expertise between members of the Irish diaspora and executives in Ireland, to promote the country and bring business back home where possible. Mr Keogh said this month’s summit is the ideal opportunity to showcase Galway and its facilities to businesses around the world.
“Not only is it in a position as a good tourism spot, but also as a place to relocate your business to,” he said, citing the recent example of a California-based gaming company that is now set to locate in the Galway Gaeltacht thanks to links forged via the Irish Executives network.
He added that innovation in products, services and processes will be one of the key topics addressed at this year’s two-day global summit, in addition to leadership and providing delegates with the opportunity to gain first hand experience using new products, services and solutions including the innovative video collaboration platform Irish Executives TV (IETV).
Attendees will also receive copies of ‘Irish Executives Best Practices’. Written by 17 industry leaders and available from Amazon, the book will be free for attendees at this year’s summit, who will have an opportunity to meet the authors and speakers at a pre-summit networking session on Wednesday 26 September.
For more details on the Irish Executives Summit, visit www.irishexecutives.com. Special rates are available for students and the unemployed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance for more information.