Vice President Emerging Companies, IDA Ireland
Place of Birth: Castlebar, County Mayo
Where you live: New York City
First Job: Chief of Pizza Operations (CPO)at a diner in Castlebar, County Mayo
What it taught me: As well as how to make a good pizza: how to deal with customers; how to take personal responsibility; how to plan and organize – materials, timing, etc.
Family: Wife Anne Marie; daughter Grace Anne
Three things people would be surprised to know about me:
1. Did rescue and first aid for the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps – on a team that represented Ireland in a European First Aid Competition
2. Generations of Carrolls have resided in Brooklyn, NY – my grandfather had a bar in Bay Ridge
3. Deep personal interest in the history of the Irish in America
Best advice you could give someone starting out: Whatever it is do what you enjoy doing and that generally means you’ll be good at it
Seamus Carroll is Vice President of Emerging Companies at IDA Ireland New York. He is responsible for driving IDA’s emerging company activities on the Eastern half of North America.
He has lived in New York with his family for the past six years, successfully building transatlantic investment and trade relationships. In this and other roles he has worked with numerous US emerging and fortune 500 companies across a range of industries in restructuring, expanding and establishing operations in Europe/Ireland. Before joining IDA Seamus worked with one of Ireland’s leading consulting firms in Belfast and in strategic planning at Ireland’s largest electricity company.
With roots in County Mayo and Roscommon he graduated with a BA in Applied Economics and an MBA from the University of Ulster. As the father of a daughter with cerebral palsy he is active in promoting awareness of special needs.