On Wednesday, 24th February, Cork man Liam Casey made international headlines when his company PCH International raised another $26 Million from investors. On Thursday, 25 February, Mr. China made a trip to Tralee, Co. Kerry to speak to participants on the Endeavour Programme.
And it's no exaggeration to say it was the most inspiring 90 minutes I've ever sat through. Arriving at 8pm, after a long drive from Cork, Casey took the floor and didn't stop talking until 9.30pm. But it felt like 5 minutes. The most enjoyable bit was when Casey recounted how he got his start by doing every thing necessary to take advantage of a business opportunity (including forgoing a night's sleep and speculatively hopping on a plane to the other side of the world).
More than anything else the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 exhudes what is surely an entrepreneur's greatest quality – energy. Infectious, contagious, can't keep-it-in energy. You'd think the man would have been tired after was was surely a whirlwind few days, but no. He didn't want to stop talking! I'm sure he'd have gone on for another hour had the facilitator not brought a sympathetic end to proceedings.
If you ever get the opportuity to hear Liam Casey speak make sure you take it.