Last Thursday KEMP were invited to attend a Luncheon honoring the Top 50 Ireland-US companies. We were delighted and surprised to find ourselves singled out along with 5 other companies for special recognition.
There were about 250 present in the Lowenstein Lounge at the Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus and it was really great to see the strength of Ireland-US connections.
In his remarks on accepting the award on behalf of KEMP Ray Downes thanked the organisers and sponsors, the Irish Echo, for this recognition. He noted that KEMP was the only new foreign Direct Investment announced by the IDA into the Limerick region in 2010.
He went on to point out that the New York founders of KEMP chose Ireland as their EMEA base over other locations at a time when there was plenty uncertainty in the Irish economy and that their faith was rewarded. Three years down the line KEMP Ireland are a significant contributor to the growth of the company and central to the growth plans for the future.
“Growing up in an Irish family it’s in our DNA to be harder on our own. My Dad rationalized it by saying we do it because we will be the better for it in the long run. I tend to be harder on our Irish operation for the same reasoning. Challenge them to do more, deliver exceptional results at competitive costs to retain competitiveness and the KEMP team in Limerick do that every day.”
Below is Ray receiving the award from sponsor’s representative Mr David Gavaghan, Chief Executive of The Belfast Titanic Quarter.
Below: The award itself. Ray talks to David Gavaghan, Chief Executive of The Belfast Titanic Quarter and with Margaret Molloy of Velocidi.