Electric.ie Magazine Nov - Dec 2019

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 7 E I F I EIFI Awards 2019 Pierce Martin, RECI & Safe Electric Climate Change Action planning. Keeping national electrical standards, awareness, skills and know-how relevant to the changing environment is indeed challenging at the best of times, but to meet the huge demands and scale of the Climate Action transition plan will be doubly challenging. Delivering the necessary competencies and skills in the electrical industry is an essential component in the National Plan’s •—……‡••ˆ—Ž †‡Ž‹˜‡”›Ǥ Š‡ †‹ơ‡”‡– actors in the industry acting in concert need to be leading this ‘competency-building preparedness’ with government and its agencies so that the right enabling policies, strategic investments and implementation programmes are put in place to deliver the desired successful outcomes.” The award ceremony presented again, this year, by ‡”ƒ”† ›…Š and ƒ– —ŽŽ› then commenced with a special 'Outstanding Jimmy Whan Service Award' for ‹› Šƒ . A founding director of Champion ‹”‡ ‡ˆ‡…‡ǡ Š‡ „‡…ƒ‡ –Š‡ Ƥ”•– president and founder of EMDA in 1985. A member of the EIFI committee from 1986-2019. He is also a founding member of the IEBA as well as our own magazine ELECTRIC.ie . President's Award Leslie Shoemaker Mark Keogh “The electrical industry continues to be a male-dominated industry, and as president I am keen to encourage and enable change. I was delighted to have the President’s Prize endorsed by all the trade associations. The work carried out by TUD (formerly DIT Kevin Street) in launching their ESTEEM Mentoring Programme (Equality in Science and Technology by Engaged Educational Mentoring), and I am delighted to present the award to ‡•Ž‹‡ Š‘‡ƒ‡”ǡ the driving force behind this initiative.” Lifetime Achievement Award Paddy Sugrue A chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen, Paddy Sugrue was persuaded by Magdalen Kelliher to assume control of the family Paddy Sugrue business in 1978 following the death of her husband John. Under Paddy’s leadership the company prospered and expanded to become the biggest electrical wholesaling distributor in Ireland. Expansion from the base into Cork, Limerick and Waterford was soon followed by Galway and eventually to the east coast and Dublin. The expansion of this hitherto local wholesaler in Tralee did not go unnoticed by the big operators in the industry. Paddy’s negotiation skills were put to the test with the sale of the company to GE and then eventually to Rexel – a world player in the industry. With 22 branches operating throughout Ireland, Kellihers still adheres to the original mantra entrusted to ƒ††› „› ƒ‰†ƒŽ‡ ‡ŽŽ‹Š‡”ǣ Dz ‘— must remember that the single most important emphasis at Kellihers is on servicing the customers’ requirements.” Photographs and full details of the award winners are listed on the next pages. Pat Tully & Bernard Lynch