Where are you from?
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, where I graduated from business school in 2009.
Was TransPerfect your first job right after school?
No, I actually started my own event services company with a partner. The company was very successful and I had 12 people working underneath me. In 2010, we took a big business risk and it backfired—the company went bankrupt, and I owed some serious money to the investors of the company.
How did you get from that point, to TransPerfect?
I got a call from a recruiter wanting to chat, and I went to London to meet with him and one of the most senior managers in the EU. I was offered a job, but I had to decline because at this point in my life, I simply could not afford to move to London.
But somehow you’re now in New York…
Instead, I started working out of the Dublin office and built a book of business from scratch. Within the first year, I sold ½ million, got promoted to DBD, and got my first Account Manager. I continued to increase my revenues and in 2013, Liz & Phil agreed to sponsor my full visa to move to New York. I’ve been here for almost 4 years now—I’ve completely paid my debt from my company in Dublin, continue to grow my book of business, and have three people working for me.
What’s your favorite thing about TransPerfect?
There are a lot of answers to this, but I think the obvious one is that I met my future wife through the company. Can’t beat that! (Shane is engaged to one of our Regional Directors and they’re set to marry next year.)