Colm O’Brien – Founder, Colm O’Brien Motivation

  • Speaker Bio:

    Colm O’Brien’s first business failed! He is a Dub who moved to Limerick in 1998 to operate the Bewley’s Café Franchise on Cruises St, the ultimate failure of which in 2005 led to his founding Carambola – School Lunches Sorted that now supplies packed lunches to 23,000 children daily all over Ireland from Letterkenny to Tralee, Dundalk to Wexford. Carambola has a turnover in excess of €6.5m annually and employs over 100 people.

    His best-selling book, ‘Feeding Johnny – How to Build a Business despite the Roadblocks’, is a popular favourite amongst those looking to get more out of life and business.

    Colm is a naturally relaxed public speaker and motivator and uses the ups and downs of his own Carambola story to inspire the listener to take one more step towards the Life and Business they really wanted all along.

    Contribution is the cornerstone to his view of the world and to this end he volunteers on a handful of Boards – Blue Box (Chair), Irish Chamber Orchestra and has recently been appointed Chairman of The Lime Tree Theatre / Belltable Arts Hub.

    His latest business venture, Colm O’Brien Motivation – a platform where he plans to use his vast experience to help SME business owners get more out of their business and their life – promises to be another resounding success following several successful seminars, the latest of which was held at Thomond Park and entitled “Take-off!”

    Following those seminars, and apart from running Carambola as its Managing Director, Colm works with select SME clients as a Business Strategist with his program “2020 Vision” designed to bring the business owners clarity, growth, accountability and prosperity.

    The future looks bright.

    Presentation Title:

    ‘The Man on the Train’ – a story about the importance of Networking for the Food and Drink Industry

    Presentation Synopsis:

    My Café business was failing. I was desperately trying to reinvent myself and had created a Limerick-based café brand and taken it to the Coffee Kiosks on the Liffey Boardwalk in Dublin. I was travelling there one day and it was then that I met The Man on the Train…and my life changed forever!