John O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director of Clancy Construction, was elected President of Thurles Chamber at the recent AGM held in Thurles.
John has great hopes for his Presidency and is aiming to develop a 3-4 year overall strategy that will give the Chamber more direction with a focus on particular projects. He explained “the areas that are of interest to me are; how we communicate with our membership; networking events; training and seminars events will allow local business people meet in an informal setting where they can interact with each other and build B2B relationships and at the same time learn new skill sets that will allow them develop their business. The development of the town Square and the proposed car park to the rear of Jackie Griffins shop are two particular projects that I feel we, as a Chamber, should be focusing on,” he said adding that he will be meeting with the Councils and interested parties to discuss issues.
John takes over from PJ Shanahan of Tim Looby Associates, who completed two packed years at the helm of Thurles Chamber. And he paid tribute to his predecessor saying, “PJ worked tirelessly during his two years and had significant success during his tenure with the official opening of Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre (TCEC) which was a joint venture between Thurles Chamber and LIT; the installation of the CCTV system to the town of Thurles; and the reduction of the Chamber debt to name a few. All of these were significant achievements for Thurles Chamber during a time of deep recession. PJ and the board of Thurles Chamber have to be commended for what they achieved”.
John brings over twenty years of business experience to the board and has served on the board of Clancy Construction for over 10 years. During this time, John has held the position of HR, Contracts, Safety, and Quality director. He is currently the Vice President of the Master Builders and Contractors Association (MBCA) a national organisation that represents main building contractors. He is also a member of the national executive of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) which represents building contractors, sub contractors and suppliers.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th March at 6:15pm in the board room of Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre (TCEC). The purpose of this meeting is to determine the approach the chamber should take to give more value to members and at the same time try and build up membership numbers. In addition, an overall strategy in broad terms for the Chamber over the next 3-4 years will be discussed including networking events (breakfast briefing), training, communications, vouchers, affiliation schemes and an annual event as well the Square development/new proposed carpark, the Garda Crime Watch initiative and local authority changes.
Thurles Chamber invites all business people in Thurles and surrounding areas to attend this important meeting as it’s a great way to get your business voice heard and acted upon. We’re looking forward to a large turnout.