AIL LUNCH – DECEMBER 9, 2017 D.U.F.C. v CLONTARF SPEAKER: Pat Garvey
Pat graduated from Trinity in 1971 having won Colours in 1970-71, following which he played his rugby for Clontarf.
Once referred to as “the most successful Irish tech entrepreneur that you have never heard of”. Pat started his business career in Rank Zerox but in 1980 he set up Sharptext in 1980, a photocopier and office products company. Sharptext became Ireland’s leading distributor of computer products before being acquired in 1998 by DCC – it is going strong as a €2bn business with more than 1,000 employees. Since exiting Sharptext a decade ago, Pat has made a number of successful angel investments and has served as Chairman on some high profile boards.
A keen horse owner and breeder, he was a Director at Tote Ireland from 2007 until 2010.
Pat’s business wisdom shared with others includes:
“build a team of people who think like founders, coming into work each day obsessed with driving the business forward”
“only invest in company’s you understand”
We look forward to some further wisdom on rugby, the sporting life and his experiences of both clubs involved in today’s match.