Electric.ie Magazine Nov - Dec 2019

32 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Industry News Brendan Walsh retires as Managing Director of Ventilux Announcing his retirement as managing director of Ventilux, Brendan Walsh shares some insights into the development of a business that is regarded by many as one of the most successful companies in the Irish Electrical industry. ‘—†‡† ‹ ͥͤ͢͝ ‡–‹Ž—š ‹• ƒ •’‡…‹ƒŽ‹•– ‹ –Š‡ †‡•‹‰ ƒ† ƒ—ˆƒ…–—”‡ ‘ˆ ƒ ‡š–‡•‹˜‡ ”ƒ‰‡ ‘ˆ ‡”‰‡…› ‹‰Š–‹‰ǡ ‡–”ƒŽ ƒ––‡”› ›•–‡•ǡ —‹ƒ‹”‡ ‘˜‡”•‹‘ “—‹’‡–ǡ —”•‡ ƒŽŽ ƒ† ‘–Š‡” •ƒˆ‡–› •›•–‡•Ǥ Š‡ •—……‡•• ‘ˆ –Š‡ „—•‹‡•• ‹• ‡˜‹†‡– ‹ ‹–• ”‡…‡– ‘˜‡ –‘ ’—”’‘•‡ „—‹Ž– ͟͡ǡ͜͜͜•“Ǥ ˆ–Ǥ’”‡‹•‡• ‹ ”ƒ›™Š‡”‡ ‘˜‡” ͤ͜ •–ƒơ ƒ”‡…—””‡–Ž› ‡’Ž‘›‡†Ǥ  ƒ††‹–‹‘ –Š‡…‘’ƒ› ‡’Ž‘›• ͜͞ ‘’‡”ƒ–‹˜‡• ‹ ‹–• „”ƒ…Š ‹ ‹˜‡”’‘‘ŽǤ „”ƒ† Ž‡ƒ†‡” ‹ ”‡Žƒ†ǡ ‡š’‘”–• –‘ ”‹–ƒ‹ ƒ† –Š‡ ‹††Ž‡Ǧ ƒ•– •–‹ŽŽ ƒ……‘—– ˆ‘” ͜͡τ‘ˆ ‘˜‡”ƒŽŽ •ƒŽ‡•Ǥ Raised in Donnybrook, Dublin ™‹–Š Ƥ˜‡ „”‘–Š‡”• ƒ† –™‘ •‹•–‡”•ǡ Brendan always maintained an interest in training and self- improvement. Graduating with an honours degree in Electrical Engineering, he began his career in the specialist area of Nuclear Electronic Measurement and Control Systems within the Tobacco Industry. His area of responsibility was mainland Europe, and his primary objective was to introduce advanced measurement methods which reduced waste and improved product quality. He further developed his skills and experience in the highly competitive gas industry introducing new and innovative systems for organisations such as BOC Gas. In 1986 John Egan (who also ran EWL in Fenian Street) invited Brendan to join him in the foundation of Ventilux as an emergency lighting company. After a short period of time working with John, Brendan took over the business. Concentrating on innovative product design and creating products that were in demand from architects and interior designers the business grew rapidly. Brendan revolutionised the concept of testing with innovations such as Netcom 5. This product was used extensively on the railways in and around Liverpool. The drive to design and manufacture technically /WR 5 ,DQ :DOVK 0DQDJLQJ 'LUHFWRU 5\DQ :DOVK 6DOHV 'LUHFWRU &ODLUH :DOVK &RP SDQ\ 6HFUHWDU\ 0DUFXV :DOVK 6DOHV ([HFXWLYH %DUULH :DOVK 8. 0DQDJLQJ 'LUHFWRU DQG IURQW %UHQGDQ :DOVK &KDLUP DQ