I am currently General Manager of the Clayton Hotel in Galway, I have worked for Dalata Hotel Group since August 2007.
I had left the UK in early 2006 where I had been working in London for JurysDoyle Hotel Group at the time when Pat McCann was the CEO and Stephen McNally the Group General Manager and returned to Ireland to take up the post of GM in the Quality Hotel Wexford. After 18 months or so imagine my surprise to be called to Reception to be met by Pat and Stephen and learn that they had just acquired the leases and management agreements for 11 Quality Hotels and Comfort Inns across Ireland. Thank God I believe in never burning bridges!!
I clearly remember one of our first group management meetings in the then Comfort Inn, Portlaoise where even with 3 people per property in attendance along with pretty much the entire Central Office team we numbered less than 40. Contrast that to the Senior Management Meeting in March 2014 in the Pillo Ashbourne whereby over 150pax were in the room and it’s a real indicator of the progress that’s been made in such a short time!
I remained in Wexford until late 2010 during which time the rebranding to Maldron Hotels occurred and Dalata began its accelerated expansion. I was approached by Stephen McNally in Nov. 2010 and offered the fantastic opportunity of relocating to Galway to manage the Clayton Hotel which had just gone into receivership. I had trained in Galway in GMIT so it really was an easy decision for me and after nearly four years of leading a great team focused on building a sustainable business I was delighted to learn in Nov. of this year that Dalata had agreed to acquire the Clayton Hotel.
Personally I’m very proud to be a part of the Dalata success story. Over the years since its incorporation I have worked with and witnessed many strong people develop in their roles and progress to more senior positions within the company. I believe the opportunity that exists to grow and develop is central to Dalata’s continued success and I look forward in anticipation to seeing many more years of unparalleled growth.
Two things stand out in particular about what I love about my job, firstly seeing a large event or conference come to fruition – from the initial enquiry to the actual execution on the night is pretty special and secondly seeing people that I have managed in the past grasping opportunities to develop and moving up in their careers. I always allow myself a little congratulations for fostering / mentoring these people, even if it strictly the case!!
I am loving life in Dalata Hotel Group at the moment as quite simply because of the opportunities that exist to grow and develop in a fast paced, forward looking company that’s got its best years still to come.