Sean is CEO and majority shareholder of the Home Project Centre (HPC) Group. HPC currently has 14 trading units around the country, employing 250 people and operates such trading brands as T J O’Mahonys, C+D Providers, PH Ross, Commons Hardware and McCarthys Hardware.
He has held a variety of roles in his career to date, most of which were with businesses in or associated with the construction industry and supply of building and DIY materials. He is a qualified accountant (FCCA) but moved away from pure financial roles earlier in his career.
He spent 12 years with Stone Developments, part of the Sisk group of companies, where originally he was Financial Controller of their Irish and UK operations before being appointed Managing Director in 1995. He first became involved in the builders’ merchant sector in 2001 when he was appointed Managing Director of the McMahon Group.
The current leg of his journey began in 2005 when he joined Moritz Holdings, a large house-building and property holding/development company, as Managing Director of Moritz Trading. There he ran the builders’ merchant division and was responsible for implementing an ambitious diversification and growth strategy. As part of this they acquired a number of leading independent builders’ providers businesses on the east coast including Commons Hardware, T J O’Mahonys and C+D Providers.
The severe downturn in the economy and construction industry led to NAMA taking over a significant portion of Moritz Holdings loans and in 2012, as part of a group restructuring, he led the management team, which included the current HPC Managing Director Dennis O’Connor, in a buyout of the trading business.
Chief Executive Officer
Martin began his career in the marketing company GFK in London. He then moved to The Furniture Industry Research Association which is the leading member organisation for the sector in the UK. Returning to Ireland he completed a Masters in Business at the Smurfit Business School. He spent 15 years with the Electrolux Group marketing several brands in both the domestic and commercial markets. During his time with Electrolux he was also involved with the initial setting up and implementation of the WEEE directive.
He has been a board member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors for several years serving as Secretary and currently as President of the Institute. The IMCA represents the interests of a diverse spectrum of the consultancy sector from PwC to individual specialists.
In 2009 Martin formed the marketing consultancy Competitive Insights. Clients were a mix of suppliers and retailers across a wide spectrum from pharmacy to fashion to electrical. He also worked in the charities sector in the UK, partnering with Competitive Solutions. In recent years many clients in Ireland came from the hardware and builders merchant sector.
Executive Committee 2019-2020
President: Sean Moran (Group CEO, HPC Group)
Vice President: Michael O’ Donohoe (Country Director – Ireland, Wavin)
Immediate Past President: Kieran Burke (Group Procurement Director, Grafton Group plc)
Chief Executive Officer: Martin Markey
Treasurer: Mark Lohan (Managing Director, Brooks Timber & Building Supplies)
Executive Committee members:
Keith Giblin (Chief Executive, Allied Merchants Buying Association)
Rachel Reddin (Manager, Kellys Homevalue Hardware)
Padraic McGuinness (Development Manager, Albany Group)
Dave Gavin (Managing Director, KCR Builders Providers)
Seamus O’ Donoghue (Managing Director, Dulux Paints Ireland Ltd.)
Alan Hegarty (Director – Ardale Group)
Eoin Lynch (Director – D Lynch & Sons Ltd)
Gerry Fallon (Chief Executive Officer – Expert Hardware Ltd)
Joe Connolly (General Manager – Stakelums Ltd)
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