With his business partner Patrick Delaney, Pádraic is currently Managing Partner at SoolNua, a specialist agency helping destinations, hotels and venues with marketing, strategy and training for the MICE marketplace. Prior to founding SoolNua, Gilligan was Vice President of Ovation, MCI’s global DMC network and Vice President of Industry Relations at MCI.
Following a 13 year career in education, teaching at second and third levels, he started Delaney Marketing Consultants in 1994 with Patrick Delaney. In 2002 Delaney Marketing acquired Ovation and re-branded as Ovation Group. In June 2007 Ovation was acquired by MCI Group and commenced a robust global expansion which saw the establishment of offices at 100 global destinations under the Ovation Global DMC brand.
In 2004 he was elected to the International Board of the SITE and served as international President of this global organisation in 2008. He has won many awards including Industry Personality of the Year from Meetings.net in 2009, Destination Management Professional of the Year from ADMEI in 2012 and Changemaker in 2015 with US based MeetingsNet. He currently serves as a Trustee of the SITE Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Grow Dublin Taskforce. He is ranked at 14 on the Bizzabo list of global MICE influencers and blogs regularly for EventMB and on his own popular blog, www.padraicino.com
Contact: Pádraic Gilligan Padraic@soolnua.com 353 86 8113134