John is the Managing Director of a tourism portfolio in Co. Clare. He entered the tourism business after taking charge of his family business in 2001 at the young age of 21, through recessions and setbacks, he has continued to grow and develop his portfolio to include Hotel Doolin, Doolin Village Lodges, Bo & Bainne, Fiddle + Bow and CrossFit in Ennis. John currently employs 350 people across all his businesses.
About 8 years into this life and with a flourishing business, John came to realise that taking fulfilment only from work had led to an unhealthy work life balance, physically and mentally he was feeling the effects. He turned to the outdoors after reading an article on Everest. Determined to climb it, he learnt on that journey to the top of the world that not only would his body benefit but his mind and consequentially his businesses too.
Ten years after his first step on Carrantuohill he summited Everest, on 16th May 2017. Since his return John is back to his role as MD of his hotel business as well as founding The ELEVATE Foundation which is a not-for-profit organisation. It aims to fund the rollout of a wellness programme to young people, utilising independent organisations and professionals, specialising in youth wellness and mental health. Visit www.elevatefoundation.ie.