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  • Conor Buckley

    CEO

    Conor Buckley

    CEO

    Conor has broad experience in Marketing, Sales, Finance, Strategy, Technology, Operations and Management. Particularly in the financial, technology and tourism industries. Formally trained in Marketing, IT, Finance and Project Management, with over 10 years hands on experience building start-ups from one man operations to international companies. Conor comfortably moved from a career with blue chip consulting companies to a start-up environment. Built up a startup from scratch to a large tourism business and is now off to do the same in the area of web technology. Prior to his role as CEO at Granite Consulting Conor was the Chief Technology Officer at myguideTravel until 2008.

    As Chief Technology Officer he was responsible for the entire technological infrastructure that underpinned the companies operations. Integrating systems when myguide merged or acquired companies, designing and implementing web based technologies to ensure users in all 5 offices had a consistent and seamless experience using the companies systems. Prior to that Conor worked as the Marketing Director at the company. Overseeing 40% plus sales growth each year. Responsible for branding, PR and all aspects of the marketing strategy. The company was formerly 1 2 Travel, Conor oversaw the rebrand to myguide. Conor spent time with Accenture in the USA and Deloitte‘s in Dublin as an IT consultant implementing IT systems for financial companies. Conor has a BComm in Marketing from UCC in Cork and an MBA in Finance from Saint Joseph’s University, Erivan K. Haub School of Business in Philadelphia, USA. Conor loves hurling, soccer and most other sports, he is an avid reader, enjoys current affairs, movies, eating out and a good glass of wine.

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  • Seamus White

    DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER

    Seamus White

    DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER

    Seamus White has a wide breadth of multifunctional experience covering areas as diverse as Finance, Business Analysis, Strategic Planning, Category Management, Marketing and Sales and has held senior roles in both large multinationals and indigenous SMEs.

    Seamus became a digital marketing enthusiast with a keen interest in search engine marketing after experiencing first-hand the power of SEO having spent a number of years working in online marketing for travel businesses.

    Our most senior SEO consultant, Seamus is one of the original founders of Granite, setting up the company in 2008 with Conor Buckley, Rob Carpenter & Ger O'Shea.

    Seamus moved to West Cork from Dublin in 2007, where he had been head of Sales for PepsiCo’s soft drinks division with responsibility for 7up, Pepsi and Gatorade throughout the island of Ireland. Prior to this he had spent 6 years with Mars Inc. in various roles across Sales, Marketing and Finance.

    Seamus had returned to Ireland from the USA in 1998 where he had achieved an MBA and worked in both the Financial Services and retail FMCG sectors.

    Connect with Seamus:
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/seamuswhite
    http://www.twitter.com/sdefaoite

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    http://www.granite.ie/who-we-are/seamuswhite/

  • Ger O'Shea

    DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER

    Ger O'Shea

    DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER

    Ger has worked for the past 15 years in the IT/Financial and Web Technologies sector, he has a deep background and extensive knowledge of systems and networking technologies, with qualifications in Computing, Bookkeeping & Accountancy, Data communications & Networking, digital electronics and PC repair & Maintenance.

    Prior to founding Granite, he was the Web Engineering Manager for myguideTravel with offices in West Cork, Scotland and Boston.

    His wide set of responsibilities here included setting up and maintaining all Networking infrastructure in all offices, which included the implementation/Setup & Configuration of Firewalls/DMZ’s, Phone systems, VPN’s, internal Windows & Linux Servers, and all in-house and external Web servers, Databases & Mail Servers.

    He also implemented their first VOIP Telephone system, writing all the programming constructs to handle inter-office connectivity, inbound calls through Toll free numbers originating in the companies main markets of the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan routed to groups of agents dedicated to servicing those markets.

    During his time at myguideTravel, he also wrote some of their in-house systems, such as their Sales/Cheques Journals and Purchase order systems, yield management system and has expanded their Web sites to include online bookings, Hotel reviews, enquiry automation with their Backoffice systems and geographically targeted content delivery.

    He enjoys Rugby and a few pints in the Local

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  • Rob Carpenter

    DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER

    Rob Carpenter

    DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER

    Rob is a founder and partner at Granite Digital. He leads the web development team at Granite Digital and has over 10 years experience in software development, SEO & managerial roles. He specialises in delivering large-scale information technology projects into the public and private sectors.

    Following Granite Digital's linkup with leading software development company Digital Crew in 2011, he has focused on providing strategic review and a product development path for our world class CMS, TeamworkCMS primarily focused at the Health, Education, SME and E-Commerce sectors.

    Rob is currently leading the integration of Fireball Media into the Granite Group after their merger in late November 2013.  

    His approach is centred around a hands on implementation of our company processes across software development, project management, product management, support, training and business development.

    Rob was successful in the web team adopting the Kanban technique for their approach to software development inside the past 12 months. This has been instrumental in successfully delivering large scale projects for CIT, ITT Dublin, DCU, UL, Munster Rugby, Blarney Woollen Mills, Ceramicx along with a number of private sector projects in the US, UK, New Zealand and Germany.

    Rob holds an honours degree in Commercial Software Development from WIT and a certificate in Multilingual SEO from Econsultancy.

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  • Artur Goncalves

    DEVELOPER

    Artur Goncalves

    DEVELOPER

    About Artur

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  • Dympna Leahy

    ACCOUNTS

    Dympna Leahy

    ACCOUNTS

    About Dympna

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  • Fiona Dixon

    LEAD WEB DESIGNER

    Fiona Dixon

    LEAD WEB DESIGNER

    About Fiona

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  • Gary Corcoran

    LEAD DEVELOPER

    Gary Corcoran

    LEAD DEVELOPER

    Gary Corcoran is a chartered engineer with over ten years international web development experience. He has worked in the Telecoms Industry for five years developing intranet applications for Ericsson.

    Prior to this he developed Irelands first live flood warning system while working as a researcher in UCC.

    Gary has a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCC.

    He has a strong background in programming including an in depth knowledge of CodeIgniter, PHP, MySQL and HTML. He is also a keen follower of internet trends and the latest st

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  • Gary Page

    WEB DESIGNER

    Gary Page

    WEB DESIGNER

    About Gary

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  • Kevin O'Shea

    DESIGNER

    Kevin O'Shea

    DESIGNER

    About Kevin

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  • Lucy Murphy

    MARKETING EXECUTIVE

    Lucy Murphy

    MARKETING EXECUTIVE

    About Lucy

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  • Pedro Stadler

    DEVELOPER

    Pedro Stadler

    DEVELOPER

    About Pedro

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  • Rob Duggan

    MARKETING EXECUTIVE

    Rob Duggan

    MARKETING EXECUTIVE

    About Robert

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  • Alf Smiddy

    Chairman

    Alf Smiddy

    Chairman

    Alf is a chartered accountant by profession, having worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cork and Dublin, and also at senior levels in the Irish and international beverage and hospitality sector for over 25 years.

    Having joined the Foster`s Brewing Group`s Irish subsidiary as Financial controller in 1988, he was Chairman and Managing Director of Beamish & Crawford Plc for over twelve years, and on the Board of the UK division of its parent company, Scottish & Newcastle PLC (a FTSE 100 company) until the takeover of the group for €12billion by a conglomerate formed by Carlsberg and Heineken in 2008.

    Alf is a director and chairman of a number of businesses across a range of sectors including Online Marketing, Financial Services, Technology, Tourism & Hospitality, Agriculture & Food, Health and Safety, and Retail. As well as Granite, these include The Dalata Hotel Group Plc, Quintas, The Chris Mee Group, BTS Hospitality Management Ltd, and Riverview Eggs Ltd. 

    He also runs his own company which works with leadership teams and CEOs in the private & public sectors in Ireland on organisational strategy, marketing & business development, strategic financial management and human resource leadership.

    Alf is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland , a fellow of the Irish Marketing Institute and has a Diploma in Corporate Direction from the Irish Institute of Directors. In 2009 he graduated with a Masters in Executive Leadership through Boston College & the University of Ulster.
     

    https://ie.linkedin.com/in/alfsmiddy

  • Paraic Hegarty

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Paraic Hegarty

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Paraic is an angel investor, non-executive director and consultant with a focus on innovation and technology. As Principal Consultant of Chaos Management, he currently advises clients on strategic ways to design, manufacture and market technology products and to implement technology for business benefit. From 1995 to 2007 he worked as a Management Consultant with Deloitte in Dublin the latter 6 years as a Partner leading the Enterprise Applications and Technology team.
    In all, he has 22 years experience in delivering large-scale information technology projects in the public and private sectors. He holds an honours degree in computer science from Trinity College and a Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Commercialisation from NUI Galway. Paraic is a Certified Management Consultant, Fellow and Past President of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers, a former Director of the Global PMI Consulting SIG, a member of the Information Systems Auditing and Control Association, the Institute of Directors and Engineers Ireland.

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