Expertise Across the Pond: Q&A with Senior Project Manager Barrie Hogan

Over the past 60 years, Gray’s connection with foreign-based companies has served as a foundation for our success. In 2020, Gray Europe was developed to serve customers overseas, meet growing demand, and strengthen our continued push for FDI. This endeavor is being led by a strong team with demonstrated leadership. To learn more about what is happening across the pond, we spoke with Senior Project Manager Barrie Hogan.

 

Describe your typical workday.

 

“Usually my workday features a good mix of time at home, in the office, and on-site. I enjoy the variety.”

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

 

“I enjoy the flexibility. This encompasses the location, time, and the content of work. The Gray Europe team has also been more than welcoming.”

 

What’s the most valuable advice you’ve ever been given?

 

“In life— in relationships, sport, work etc.— you reap what you sow. The more you put in, the more you get out. It’s a rule that is always at the forefront of my mind.”

 

What do you think sets Gray apart from other service providers in the industry?

 

“Trust. Our customers can trust Gray. We are a family-owned company with good moral and cultural values. I love the mantra of building long-term customer relationships.”

 

In one word or phrase, how would you describe Gray?

 

“Family.”

 

What unique capabilities does the European Office provide, and how do they complement Gray’s overall service offering?

 

“Being centrally located, both in Ireland and in Europe, is a huge advantage. We are English speaking, which is the second most common language of mainland Europe. The Irish generally have a well-respected reputation in Europe. Also, we have the Gray team in the United States as a great resource. I have already reached out for information and assistance.”

 

If someone was visiting the Dublin area, what would you recommend to them as a “must-do?”

 

“First off, Ireland is small! So, I wouldn’t recommend confining oneself to Dublin. I myself live in Kilkenny– a medieval city with lots of history. Ireland has so much to offer. When the sun shines, there is nowhere better.

 

If I was pressed to single out a few sites or attractions, I would recommend: St. James Gate Brewery Tour, Croke Park Tour/Matchday Visit (Home of the GAA, Ireland’s native sporting organization), and Northern Ireland and Belfast to learn all about our history with Britain.”

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