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Lead Entrepreneurs

The Lead Entrepreneurs are not, and cannot be, experts in every area of business but they have first hand experience of facing the challenges of growing a business. They all agree that if such support were to have been available to them when they were growing their business, they would have found it most beneficial. Each of these busy and successful woman give their time to the initiative in a completely voluntary capacity.

Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna, Managing Director of Tour America, has been working in the travel sector for almost 30 years. Having gained valuable experience in both the airline and travel agency business Mary decided in 1995 it was time to make a go of it herself setting up Tour America from home with a team of 3.

Tour America has continued to buck the trend by growing throughout the recession now employing over 50 people in Dublin and Cork with a turnover of over €20 million. Constantly innovating, Tour America recently launched Luxury Cruises & Honeymoon Finders. The company also operates Cruise Holidays, which is the largest company selling cruises in Ireland, and was set up following 9/11.

Mary was delighted to win the “Deloitte Best Managed Company Gold Award (Platinum) again in 2016, for the 7th year in a row. Tour America is the only travel agent in Ireland to have won a Deloitte Best Managed Company. www.touramerica.ie