Dairymaster founder named ‘Business Leader of the Year’ at Kerry awards

Ned Harty, director of Dairymaster presented with the ‘Business Leader of the Year 2022’ at the Rose Hotel in Tralee, Co. Dublin. Kerry last night (Thursday, May 12).

The event honors the entrepreneurial spirit and achievements of Kerry-based business leaders.

It brings together established and emerging business entrepreneurs from across the county with the purpose of celebrating inspirational Kerry business owners.

Ned Harty said: “I am delighted to accept this prestigious award. Our aim is to build better products for dairy farmers around the world and I’m happy to see the company continue to grow.

“Many of the team that have been here with me for 40 years; collectively we have over 300 years’ experience, it’s amazing. ”

During his acceptance speech, Ned thanked his wife Maureen, family, staff and customers along with the organisers of the event.

Ned founded Dairymaster in 1968 from humble beginnings and now Dairymaster is one of the world’s leading dairy and agri-tech companies with customers in over 40 countries worldwide.

The industry has seen many changes in its lifetime, technology has significantly advanced, and it has been to the forefront of new ideas.

The organisers of the awards said that Ned is a modest man who has great rapport with farmers globally.

He was recognized for his genuine interest in making farmers’ life better and easier through his innovations. He reportedly gets great satisfaction from customer feedback and how he has made a difference to their lives.

Fergus O ‘Meara, international business development manager, who has been with the company over 30 years commented: “Respectful, leader, innovator, talented, are some of the words that come to mind when one speaks of Ned.

“He has created a culture of innovation and development that continues to inspire us every day.

“Have you used your own judgment”; he considered in his customers, his people, his company, his product and his service. ”

Kerry awards

Commenting on the event, Brid McElligott, chair of the Kerry Innovation Center said: “Kerry Innovation Center is a not-for-profit organization with a remit to support and advance enterprise activities across Kerry.

“We are delighted to be able to recognize the achievements of our award recipients and thank them in person for creating a meaningful employment and opportunities for the people of the county.

“Each spearheaded the growth of a global business from Kerry.”

The awards are supported and sponsored by Kerry Innovation Center, Kerry County Council and EY.

Special guest on the night was Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny who congratulated the winners as he delivered the after-dinner speech.

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