FTMTA News 26th November 2015

Successful FTMTA Conference

The FTMTA Conference held on Friday, November 20th, was very well received by those in attendance. In opening the conference, FTMTA President, Donal Fitzpatrick expressed the wish that that those attending would find the day both informative and enjoyable which they seemed to do. Mr. Fitzpatrick focused, during his address, on the fast evolving nature of the modern farm machinery business and the challenges presenting themselves to the industry.

FTMTA Conference 2015 LARGE FILE 13

The diverse panel of interesting speakers ensured that there was something in the day’s content to interest all those present. The purely business part of the proceedings was followed by a highly enjoyable reception and dinner which was kindly sponsored by the Irish Farmers Journal. The conference was also sponsored by DoneDeal.ie and AIB Finance & Leasing and the Association is grateful to all three sponsors for their parts in making the day the success that it was.

The conference presentations will be made available on line to FTMTA member firms.

FTMTA Conference 2015 LARGE FILE 43The presentation of the FTMTA Gold Award for 2015 to Mrs. Eileen Traynor (formerly of T. Traynor & Sons Ltd., Clonmel) took place during the conference dinner. The FTMTA Gold Award is made by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) to a person who is considered by the FTMTA Executive Council to have given outstanding or long service to the Association or the agricultural machinery industry in general.

The FTMTA presented the FTMTA Gold Award 2015 to Eileen Traynor in recognition of her contribution to the Association as the first female member of the FTMTA Executive Council and also her contribution to the overall industry in many years at the forefront of her family business.

Please see below the links from the presentations from the speakers and topics on the day:

Leading economic commentator, Jim Power, on the overall economic position, the agri economic outlook and the implications for the farm machinery sector 01 Jim Power .

Kieran McCarthy – sustainability and viability in family businesses with a particular emphasis on transition and succession 02 Kieran McCarthy FG.

Donal Bradley – taxation issues arising from succession planning with a focus on delivering the best solution for the owners and the business 03 Donal Bradley .

William Judge of AGCO who has recently been appointed to the role of Sales Manager for the Massey Ferguson brand in UK and Ireland 04 William Judge .

Peter Kealy, former MD of BWG Foods Retail Division and now a consultant to the retail sector, will speak on the lessons learned from a career in retail management 05 Peter Kealy.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for the farm machinery business. The Association has been working on the development of a farm machinery business environment of the leading CRM system, Salesforce.com 06 Harry Dunne .

The positive impact of the correct Human Resource Management strategy for a modern farm machinery business 07 Liam Barton .

The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Mechanisation degree program in IT Tralee 08 Brendan O’Donnell AgMechPres

Responsibilities and obligations in the sale and supply of farm machinery 09 James Staines .

Be a part of a stronger farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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