April 2013 -- Tommy Griffith, founder and CEO of PEL Waste Reduction Equipment takes part in graduate showcase in an effort to inspire and encourage students to fulfil their ambitions and seek fulfilling careers.
An array of GMIT students, second level pupils, careers teachers and GMIT graduates took part in a special GMIT Graduate Conference as part of GMIT’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Tommy Griffith contributed to the event by delivering an encouraging presentation outlining his career path so far and how he has successfully founded a manufacturing company which now has a global presence, with offices in London and the USA
Tommy Griffith from Balla Co. Mayo studied Mechanical Engineering in GMIT. Since then Tommy gained experience in different roles (sales, research and development and engineering) in different industries such as agriculture and electronics. These are considered stepping stones towards his ultimate goal of setting up his own business. Tommy spotted a niche for reducing waste, as waste was not just a national problem but a global problem and he knew that by entering the market he could grow within it.
The aim of the graduate showcase was to inspire students who are due to graduate from third-level education, and also help assist secondary school leavers make the right CAO choices. Tommy Griffith spoke of his interest in engineering and the importance of pursuing your passions. The challenges and positives of starting your own business were also explored as Tommy explained about the importance of having a positive attitude and separating yourself from your competitors is crucial to succeed.
Tommy founded PEL Waste Reduction Equipment which specializes in reducing waste costs for businesses and public sectors organizations. PEL is a highly respected company and has won numerous awards including the First Flight Exporter of the Year, and was a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In February 2013 PEL was awarded the ISO 9001 for design and manufacturing of waste reduction equipment, an important sign showing the quality of PEL’s processes. PEL is continuing to excel and has recently opened its first office in the USA.
Tommy Griffith was the first of four engineering graduates who talked about the different routes they had explored since graduating from college. Colman Feeney an energy engineering graduate who now works for Cameron, Michael Conaghan an associate director of CBRE and a civil engineering graduate and Jason Clancy a graduate from Letterfrack who now works in Buckingham Palace all shared their stories and discussed how their career had developed since graduating.
Other noteworthy speakers on the day included Jim Breen an Irish entrepreneur and Nicola Byrne founder and director of 11890.
The conference was complimented by a range of graduate employers exhibiting including PEL who are currently recruiting UK sales people.