3 questions with….David
David is part of Greenman since almost 12 years, working as Head of the distribution team in Dublin. We would like to find out more about his background, his role and the industry he works in, so take a moment to read the interview with David.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you enjoy most about working in the investment industry?
After I finished university, it took me a while to figure out what kind of career would be a good fit for me. At the point of my career when Greenman came along, I was looking for sales experience in a small business and there were no two better characters to learn from than our Directors Peter and Johnnie. I like the fact that we have a foot in the real estate and investment world which both require long term partnerships with investors, brokers, tenants, banks etc. I get a good kick from dealing with other people every day and really enjoy building and maintaining those relationships.
Outside of work, we have a 3-year-old daughter and 1 year old son at home which is fun and exhausting in equal measure. Having hung up my rugby boots 10 years ago I now love watching it from a safe distance and try to get out and play tennis as often as I can.
You have been with Greenman nearly 12 years – what fascinates you about the company?
Yes it’s hard to believe I will be with Greenman 12 years this summer. The small company I joined in 2011 is very different to the international group that I’m part of today and to experience that evolution first hand really has been fascinating. My role has never stayed the same for too long which keeps things interesting.
Despite all that growth and development, the core of what we do is still investing people’s savings and pensions and that is a responsibility we take very seriously. I think what sets us apart is how proactively we manage properties and tenant relationships so that we can maximise long-term value for those investors.
What do you find most interesting about grocery retail?
It is really interesting how vital grocery retail is to everyday life and the abundance of choice customers have in store. I think in general people don’t know much about the scale and complexity of the supply chains that get food into their fridge at home. Having grown up on a busy dairy farm in Tipperary I am now involved at a very different end of that supply chain and I’m learning more and more about it the longer my career goes on.