Meet Alec Drew

The Business Expert

Alec comes from an entrepreneurial background and started his business life at the age of six selling comics from his front garden wall. He was bitten by the profit bug which led him in his teens to having a stall in the famous Dandelion Market in Dublin. With two weeks to go before Christmas, business being slow and a lot of stock to shift, it was time for a new strategy. He organised an auction that drew a huge crowd, forced prices above their original asking price and sold out everything. The lesson he learned was to recognise a problem, adapt and change tactics quickly.

After leaving school Alec spent eight years in banking including a Dealing Room before deciding on creating his own future. Against the wishes of his elders he left the safe world of a pensionable job for life and bought a small print company. During his time here he met a graphic designer and together they set up one of Ireland’s best known design agencies in a partnership that was to last for the next 25 years. Increasing a net profit by 100x proved to be a valuable journey of knowledge involving all aspects of business. Included in this journey was membership of peer to peer learning groups, access to inspirational and successful leaders, many business books and of course learning things the hard way. Life was good but there was a storm on the horizon.

There is nothing like a recession to spoil a party and with an 80% drop in revenue over the space of a year the writing was on the wall. It was time to face reality, change strategy and manage the closure of the business in a way that minimised creditor losses and protected reputations. It was now time to lick wounds, assess options and plan for the future. A chance invitation to help a group of 60 people who had lost their businesses inspired him to look at the thirty plus years of experience he had under his belt and how best he could use that to help other CEO’s and Senior Managers shortcut the learning process.

Fast forward to the present day and Alec now shares his knowledge with CEO’s through his keynotes, masterclasses and 1-1 consultancy. He has a unique take on business with the ability to highlight quick wins which either reduce costs or increase profits without having to spend money.

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About Alec

Alec is a business coach, author and international speaker. He has the ability to make the complex simple and identify quick wins that are often overlooked because CEO’s and Senior Managers are too close to the coalface.

Currently Alec is President of the Professional Speaking Association, Ireland where he helps other speakers develop and promote their career. He is also the longest continual member of Ireland's premier networking organisation, Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

He has been a member of the following business groups and associations;

  • Vistage - a peer to peer international membership group for CEO’s and Business Owners (5 years)
  • Plato - a business support and development network for owner managers. (2 year programme + 11 years on the Steering Committee)
  • Institute of Directors (3 years)
  • Small Firms Association (8 years)
  • Dublin Chamber of Commerce (26 years) where he served on Council, served on the Executive Council, chaired numerous committees and set up a number of initiatives including Women in Business and the Business Owners Network, now in its 9th successful year.

Contact Alec

By telephone on +353 87 271 1955 or Click to mail

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