Busy Time As Jock Jordon Becomes New President

Aer Lingus TakeOff FoundationPictured at the launch of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards to support rising businesses in Fingal were Jock Jordan President of Fingal Chamber, Declan Kearney Director of Communications at Aer Lingus and Oisin Geoghegan, LEO Fingal

Fingal Dublin Chamber has announced the appointment of Jock Jordan, Group Sales Director with One4all Gift Cards as its new Chamber President. Bill Kearney, Director of IBM Campus Mulhuddart was appointed as Chamber Vice President.

Jock takes the mantle from Guy Thompson, General Manager of Castleknock Hotel, who was President for the past two years. Accepting the chain of office, Jock said: “It is a great honour to become President of Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce, representing the business voice for the region. One4all Gift Cards has been a member of the Chamber since 2003 so we are acutely aware of its importance to our business and the wider community.

“I want to thank Guy Thompson for his personal commitment, dedication and service to the Chamber over the past two years. I am looking forward to working closely with Chamber CEO, Anthony Cooney to further strengthen our business voice in the region through increased membership and consolidation with other business groups.

“With serious issues such as Brexit and Metro North on our horizon and the continued importance of Dublin Airport and its economic impact for the region it is imperative we have a strong and growing Chamber.”

Outgoing President, Guy Thompson said he was delighted to represent the Chamber for the past two years. I wish Jock every success during his time as President. He is a highly respected member of the Chamber with excellent business acumen and he is a fitting President.”

Chamber CEO, Anthony Cooney said he is looking forward to working with the new President in implementing the Chamber strategy for the coming year. “As the economy continues to grow we need to build resilience and prepare for key challenges facing our business. This happens when we establish common areas of challenge and work through these together as a strong Chamber.
Jock is married to Aedeen, they have two adult children and live in Rogerstown, Rush. He is a member of Rush Community First Responders and a member of St. John Ambulance.

One of the new president’s official functions will take place when Fingal Dublin Chamber hill host a Network and Learn event as part of Local Enterprise Week. Taking place on Wednesday 7th March at the Portmarnock Hotel and Country Club, this breakfast event will feature special guest speaker David McKernan of Java Republic Roasting Company.

David McKernan is a persistent, passionate and high-spirited entrepreneur, who has inspired and irritated in equal measure throughout a successful career in coffee. Established in 1999, his company Java Republic Roasting Company, aimed to raise awareness of real coffee quality, and to challenge abysmally low ethical standards in the coffee business. Both goals were soon achieved and Java Republic quickly became one of Ireland’s most successful brands, and one of Europe’s leading coffee companies.

David is an engaging, charismatic and entertainingly egotistical speaker who is going to share some his insights from nearly two decades in entrepreneurship. Join us at this Network and Learn breakfast seminar to hear David talk about how to scale your business faster and smarter.

David will cover the topics of people, strategy, execution inc. cash, market intelligence, competition, values, brand promise and organisation metrics. Learn from his expertise and help avoid some commonplace pitfalls as you grow your enterprise.
This event is hosted by Local Enterprise Office Fingal and Fingal Dublin Chamber and is open to members and non-members alike. Tickets are priced at just €10 including breakfast. Book your place now by clicking here.

Event Schedule
7.30am Registration and Breakfast
8.00am Guest speaker David McKernan, Java Republic Roasting Company
8.45am Q&A
9.00am Wrap Up and networking

Another very interesting initiative is the new Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards
Aer Lingus has partnered with the Fingal Dublin Chamber and the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Fingal, to launch the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards, which will celebrate and support the talent of up-and-coming businesses based in the Fingal area on their journey to success.

The awards were launched recently at an Aer Lingus Social Media Masterclass for Start-Ups held in conjunction with Fingal Dublin Chamber and LEO Fingal, that was attended by more than 100 business owners and start-ups.

In addition to supporting Irish business communities, the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation encompasses all Aer Lingus charity and corporate social responsibility activity, including continued work with chosen charity partners UNICEF Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland, additional charity fundraising activities undertaken by Aer Lingus staff and volunteers, support of the Arts in Ireland through the Aer Lingus Irish Filmmaker Competition.

The new TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards will give three talented business owners the opportunity to expand their outreach to international markets for business purposes by mentoring up and coming businesses in the Fingal region and assisting with their flight needs and business profile.

The prize package received by each winning start-up will consist of an allocation of European and long-haul international flights, business mentoring with key staff across a range of Aer Lingus business departments, and exposure for each start-up within the airline’s Cara Magazine.

This initiative is targeted at start-ups based in Fingal that have been trading in the Irish market for the last 18 months at least, and for no more than three years.

Successful candidates will be selected following a shortlisting phase and subsequent presentation to a judging panel consisting of representatives from Aer Lingus, LEO Fingal and the Fingal Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking about the launch of the awards, Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus Director of Communications, said: “Supporting start-up and SME communities in Ireland is such an important part of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation and I am delighted to announce the launch of this new initiative.

“We have established the TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards to help business owners during this formative period to reach their full potential by tapping into international markets and business opportunities.”