Maria Kelly, Director, iBusiness Warriors

As a senior manager for over 15 years, Maria has gained extensive experience in all aspects of business management and development and has a strong background in marketing and communications.  Maria was CEO of Limerick Chamber of Commerce for 10 years where her focus was to drive the strategic development of the Chamber as well as the economic development of the region.

Prior to joining Limerick Chamber Maria was Head of Marketing with Chorus (now UPC) and was responsible for developing and managing the company’s marketing strategy as well as the company rebrand in 2000 and the roll-out of new digital, telephone and broadband services. Maria also worked with Murray Consultants in Dublin, in both the corporate PR and event management departments of the business.

Maria is a board member of the Hunt Museum and was formerly a board member of Chambers Ireland, the Limerick Market Trustees and the Limerick Marketing Company.

Maria holds a First Class Honours MBS in International Entrepreneurship and a MA in International Studies from the University of Limerick (UL). She also has a BA from Mercyhurst University in the United States and is currently undergoing PhD research in Small Business International Entrepreneurship at UL.

Maria’s business motto is “once you have the right team around you anything can be achieved”.

Testimonials

As a Director of Limerick Chamber I worked closely with Maria for a number of years and witnessed first-hand her dedication to serving the needs of the business community in the region. During her ten years with the Chamber, Maria worked closely with local business owners and managers and ensured their issues were articulated and clearly understood in her engagements with key national stakeholders and policy makers. As a result she is very well regarded within the business community here.
Catherine Duffy, General Manager Northern Trust
I got to know Maria over a number of years during her time as CEO of Limerick Chamber. Maria’s understanding of the the needs of both large and small business was obvious and was reflected in her stewardship of Limerick Chamber. I was always struck by Maria’s ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences. Maria’s wealth of management experience always conveyed a justified confidence in the course of action presented. Maria would be a valued addition to the senior management team of any business
Mark McConnell, Managing Director ECOS, Optimising Resources - Water | Waste | Wastewater
I worked with Maria for 3 years on the board of Limerick Chamber. At that time Maria was the CEO of the Chamber and we worked together on various projects aimed at improving the business environment in the Mid-West.I found Maria to be a great leader and very approachable and open to my/our ideas as a Board. I firmly believe she had Limerick as the centre of her focus at all times and worked diligently to progress the environment for Chamber members and business in general. I would recommend Maria as a mentor for any business and you can only gain from her experience and knowledge.
Karl Daly, Director, Metis Life Ltd.