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Caoimhe Greene

Professional Field: Hospitality/Sales       

Hometown: Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Years in NYC: 5 1/2 Years

Why did you join INNYC?

I joined INNYC to meet new people, to learn more about people’s backgrounds, career journeys and most importantly to have fun with like-minded people!

What advice would you give younger professionals in your industry? 

To work hard and be positive. I’m a huge believer in positive visualization and that no goal is too big…especially in New York! Establishing and fostering solid relationships with clients is key and to always try go the extra mile, you want to be the first person a client thinks of calling in the Sales industry. You must be resilient and be prepared to power through the tough days as well as skip through the good ones.

Say yes to every opportunity, network as much as possible, listen to mentors and be hungry to learn and move forward. 

What do you think was key to your success in New York?
Hard work, positive attitude and a bit of luck! ;)



Daniel McLean

Professional Field: Construction       

Hometown: Co. Carlow

Years in NYC: 8 Years

Why did you join INNYC?

I had just moved to New York and I was on the hunt for a job and I could count the list of people I knew in the city on one hand. It was quite overwhelming at the time and when a friend of a friend who was an IN-NYC board member invited me to my first IN-NYC event it proved to be time well spent and I have been involved ever since. IN-NYC proved to be a great landing spot in my early days in New York, it allowed me to meet other people in the same position as myself who were new to the city and it was also a great location to meet people who had been in my shoes a few weeks, months or years previously. Everyone was really helpful and open and the advice I received in those early days still applies today and it definitely set me on the right course. 


What did you gain from your involvement as both an active member and board member?

In my early days as a active member I rapidly expanded my contacts in the city and made some great friends, many of whom are still in NYC today and are also still IN-NYC members. Also through both direct and indirect connections made through the network I met some people who helped me find my first job, I received an introduction to a great immigration attorney and gained many other tips and tricks to survive NYC not least of which was advice on where to find a good pint of Guinness and the Best Full Irish Breakfasts NYC has to offer. (Having been here 8 years and counting I'll be happy to give my recommendations to anyone who is interested).

As a board member I was delighted to have the opportunity to give back to the IN-NYC community, through growing the network, arranging social and professional events and representing the network at collaborative events with other like minded groups. I most enjoyed meeting any new arrivals to New York especially when an introduction to a contact led to a job opportunity or career growth.


What advice would you give younger professionals in your industry? 

I would encourage younger professionals to have a 1 year, 2 year and 5 year plan and vocalize that to your employer and ensure that your visions are aligned. The construction industry is booming in New York right now and its definitely an employees market however loyalty is one of the most important qualities that employers are looking for in candidates. When looking for your first job in the city or considering a move I would say always look at the long term compatibility between you and a potential employer and don't jump at the first opportunity that presents itself. 


What do you think was key to your career success in New York?

I think the key to success in New York is hard work but on top of that I have definitely benefited from advice and mentor-ship from others so I would say always be open to advice and guidance. Building a strong network in your industry and having a well balanced contact list in your industry is also key, I didn't even know what networking was when I first arrived in New York but quickly learned its central to long term success and career growth. Finally being Irish in the construction industry never hurts so embrace your "Irishness" as its definitely an asset.





Name: Gavin Manley

Professional Field: Branding & Advertising

Hometown: Cabinteely, Co. Dublin

Years in NYC: 15 Years

Why did you join INNYC?

I'd been in New York City a few years and I had a nice group of friends but none of them were Irish. The network offered the promise of being able to reconnect with some of that "Irish-ness" that I had drifted away from and probably missed on some level - the unique sense of humor, the banter, the shared collective history and so on.

What did you gain from your involvement as both an active member and board member?

Beyond the fact that at $85 for an annual membership it's the best value in town, the Network is a wonderful gateway to all sorts of other networks in NYC as well. You join the IN NYC and through that, you meet people that are part of the IBO, the IIBN, Digital Irish, even Concern. Many of the same people are members of a few different groups so you've plenty of opportunities to run into people you've met before at different events.

As a board member there was great satisfaction in seeing the events that you planned come to fruition and watching as members connect with one another - not only on a personal level but professionally as well. I am also very proud that my branding agency, CoolGraySeven was behind the redesign of the Irish Network's new logo and tagline "Together From Afar".


What advice would you give younger professionals in your industry? 

Experience is obviously important but having the right attitude is critical when positioning yourself for success in NYC. Employers actively seek out people that will enhance the culture of their organization so focus on projecting a confident, positive attitude in interview situations and the rest will follow.

In the marketing industry today there is a huge emphasis on data when it comes to decision-making and although data is an important piece, young marketers should not lose sight of the fact that great ideas and instinct often go hand in hand.


What do you think was key to your career success in New York?

Determination, hard work and quite a bit of luck!