FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Philadelphia, April 2011–
The Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia was the venue selected for the Irish Pubs Global “Conference of the Americas” which ran from the 18th to the 20th of April.
With close to 200 Irish Pub owners and managers present, along with leading industry professionals, suppliers, designers and manufacturers; the event was declared a resounding success.
The conference came on the back of the inaugural Irish Pubs Global Conference held in Galway last September, where owners and managers of Irish pubs overseas gathered for the very first time.
Though the content of the conference was primarily geared towards the North American and Canadian market, delegates attending the conference came from as far afield as Australia, Uganda, Brussels and Mexico. Thus reinforcing the belief that; “everywhere in the world, you will find an Irish pub”.
Increasing profitability, authenticity, sustainable access to the best of Irish produce and networking were the dominant themes for the event. All of which were conducted in the opulent and historic Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, with an Irish music group, the Mickey Finn Upstarts, flown in from Inis Oirr especially for the event.
The conference provided an excellent forum for networking among pub owners and leading industry professionals.
The conference content was delivered over the course of two and a half days with ample breaks for networking and opportunities to meet key vendors the likes of Food Services Ireland/Sysco, US Foods, Diageo, Tourism Ireland, Bord Bia, Ballymaloe Country Relish, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Tullamore Dew, Tourism Ireland, BandBidder.com, Murphy’s and Mickey Finn’s.
For the event, Irish Pubs Global partnered with Dave Magrogan, founder and CEO of the Dave Magrogan Group, who among other operations, boast the 7 strong chain of Kildare’s Irish Pubs. Notably, the contribution of Dave Magrogan was fundamental to the success of the event, whereby he hosted and provided excellent content on pub profitability and motivational speaking – drawn from his RhinoLiving.com philosophy and lifestyle. Added to this, key members of the group, notably: C.O.O Frank Kaspar, Marketing Director Frank Daly and Managing Partner Jay Murphy all made telling contributions to proceedings over the course of the conference.
Social media and hospitality training guru; Barry Chandler, a native of Cork and founder of Barkeeper.ie and Barblogger.com conducted seminars and open panel discussions on grass-roots marketing and reinforcing the value of connecting with your patrons and customers through social media channels.
Irishman Dónal Ballance (founder of Ballance Hospitality manageforprofit.com and independent consulting practice based in Toronto), presented thorough and eye-catching presentations on operational and strategic development for Irish Pubs across the US. Drawing on his wealth of knowledge stemming from over 25 years of experience within the industry and his comprehensive understanding of finance in the hospitality sector. Dónal was one of the stars of the event.
On the Tuesday, the conference split in two with separate content provided for owners and for managers. In addition to the forums, Conor Cunneen hosted a motivational speaking seminar and Jameson Irish Whiskey brand ambassador Stephanie Joyce hosted a comprehensive Jameson Irish Whiskey tasting session.
Later that evening, New York pub owner and President of the New York Restaurant and Tavern Owner’s Association, Paul Hurley was honoured as the Irish Pubs Global Humanitarian Pub Owner of the Year. The award, presented by Deputy Consul General, Jacqueline O’Halloran Bernstein recognized the contribution that Paul has made to the Irish community in New York for the last number of years; both through his association with the Saint Patrick’s Day parade and as one of the founders of Fáilte32.
Celebrations lasted long into the evening and Philadelphia’s famous trad-band “Jamison” brought the house down with their legendary session.
The conference was concluded on by Wednesday afternoon with a presentation on Irish Pubs Global by Ciara McCarthy, Managing Director of the company and the nominations for Irish Pubs Global Chapter Presidents around the world.
Irish Pubs Global is currently incubating new concepts and maintaining the momentum created from the success of their maiden event on US soil.
For more information on Irish Pubs Global, please email: hello@irishpubsglobal or call Cillian McGovern in Ireland on +353 86 2104584 or Eoin Maguire in the U.S. on (646) 600-1672