The episode in brief:
• Joanna Murphy, ConnectIreland CEO, co-hosts the third episode in a four-part series ‘The ConnectIreland Show’
• Joanna and special guest Neil Doherty, connector for CGM, discuss how he got involved with ConnectIreland and the one conversation that helped create jobs in Ireland
• Neil speaks about how he initially made the introduction to the company and what it means to him
On Tuesday 6 October 2015, CGM, LLC announced that they will establish a software development centre in Waterford, Ireland creating 10 jobs.
CGM Ireland Ltd, a newly established European subsidiary of CGM, LLC, will be based in Arc Labs, Waterford. The main functions of the Irish operations will include quality assurance, testing and support development activities for CGM’s online enrollment and auditing systems.
CGM made the decision to locate in Ireland after they were introduced to ConnectIreland by connector Neil Doherty.
Neil, from Dublin, made the connection on a family holiday. He was playing golf with his wife’s uncle, co-founder of CGM, when he had a conversation that will now lead to the creation of 10 jobs, and a ‘finder’s fee’ of €15,000 for Neil.
“I was asking him about his company and he said he was looking to expand and so I suggested Ireland. He has an interest in Ireland as well so it worked out,” explained Neil. “It’s amazing that I have helped create jobs. I’m proud of myself. It’s such a small thing I’ve done but it makes a big impact – 10 jobs is a big deal. I feel like I’ve contributed and it’s amazing,” added Neil.
Neil Doherty is an innovative professional with over 10 years of international sales experience within the software and education industries. A Sales Manager covering the sub-Saharan Africa division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Neil is skilled in driving growth. He is goal-oriented with a proven track record.
A married father-of-one from Dublin, Neil registered as a connector with ConnectIreland and subsequently introduced CGM LLC, an American software development company, who were considering international expansion. CGM, headquartered outside of Atlanta, GA, in Roswell, develops software systems that provide access to data, financial, regulatory visibility and planning, as well as consulting and support services at the Federal and State levels.
In October the company announced that they are establishing a software development centre in Waterford, Ireland creating 10 jobs, as a result of Neil’s introduction.
About your Host Joanna Murphy, Chief Executive Office of ConnectIreland
ConnectIreland is an incentivised referral programme appointed by IDA Ireland to deliver the Succeed in Ireland Initiative.
A business development specialist, Joanna has advanced ConnectIreland’s brand engagement and extended its reach through partnerships with leading global organisations, such as GAA, DAA and many more.
She has a wealth of entrepreneurial experience and prior to joining ConnectIreland founded and ran two companies in the construction and civil engineering space.
Joanna leads ConnectIreland’s international marketing growth and has worked on countless successful marketing campaigns since joining the ConnectIreland leadership team in 2013, initially as Project Manager before subsequently taking up the position of Chief Operating Officer. In July 2015 she was appointed as Chief Executive.
Joanna holds a first class honours degree in business studies from the Irish Management Institute.
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