What are your main responsibilities? As Twintec's Middle East technical and commercial director I provide customers with the highest quality industrial flooring. Twintec is a world leader in jointless steel fibre reinforced (SFRC) industrial concrete floors. My role is to ensure clients bot only receive concrete floor solutions which meet their needs, but preferably exceed expectations. More broadly I lead the commercial department of Twintec Middle East operation promoting Twintec's ‘jointless’ floor slabs throughout the region to secure orders that are both profitable to Twintec and deliver quality, value and performance for the end user.
What are your company's Unique Selling Points (USPs) in Oman? Twintec offer a personalised product taking total responsibility for the concrete floor slab from the earliest stages of design through to supply of materials. This includes the supply of skilled experienced workers, the latest construction equipment and construction techniques together with PI insurance and five year warranty on the slab. All clients avail of the Twintec guarantee of professionalism, quality and performance. Twintec produces more than five-million square metres of industrial flooring slabs every single year. It has developed a strong presence in the Middle East with offices in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman.
What achievement are you most proud of? Having been married for 30 years and being blessed with children and grand-children and taking the opportunities presented to create a happy, stable and comfortable life for my family.
What would you still like to achieve (in life, leisure or business)? Continue to be content and happy in life and business. I have a long held ambition to drive around Ireland in a customised camper van.
What do you think makes Oman an attractive destination to do business? Oman is a country that is open to embracing new construction technologies and has a professional and relationship approach to new business opportunities. For Twintec one of the key components to constructing a quality floor slab is the quality of the concrete – Oman has extremely high expertise in this field. Oman is committed to extending its logistics capabilities within the GCC and new logistics facilities with the latest technology require quality, high performance concrete floor slabs as provided by Twintec.
What sectors do you think will thrive in Oman and the UK in the coming years and why? The logistics sector generally is expanding due to investment in infrastructure and port developments in Oman. Logistics warehouse trends are moving towards VNA fork lifts, very high racking that require a flat floors carrying very heavy loads.
What is the best business advice you have ever received? Time stands still for no-one - make sure you use it wisely.
Favourite destinations in Oman and why? Salalah – the diversity of the landscape and the temperate climate
Favourite destinations in the UK and why? North Coast of Northern Ireland, my home country – friendly people, beautiful scenery and if you are lucky 2 sunny days a year!
Favourite restaurant in Oman and UK? Turkish House restaurant, Al Khuwair and The Tannery, Moria, N. Ireland
Describe your character in five words? Positive thinking, happy, sociable, humerous
What are your hobbies? Listening to music, walking, travelling to new countries and experiencing different cultures.
What five things would you take to a desert island? Fishing rod (even though not good at fishing). Matches for fire and a mirror for when the matches run out. Solar powered Ipod full of music. Desert island cook book.
What public figures do you most admire and why? Kelly Holmes, GB Olympic gold medallist, 800m & 1500m. One determined woman who with everything thrown at her over the years kept trying and working hard until she achieved her dream. Tony McCoy, Champion jockey for 20 years. Totally committed to his sport that requires 100% dedication to train every day of the year and keep low weight year after year.