Government officials. Important dignitaries. Fortune 500 CEOs.
Irish Network Colorado (INCO) resumes its impressive business programs through their monthly Discovery Lunch series in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood. This month’s installment, hosted at Strings Restaurant, was lead by Steve Hochhauser. Mr. Hochhauser is an experienced CEO of multinational companies who had the opportunity to work with Warren Buffet and former Irish Taoiseach, John Bruton, among many other notable figures. He has more than 25 years of global experience as a leader for high-performing multi-national corporations, including: Ingersoll Rand; Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company
; AlliedSignal/Honeywell International; United Technologies; and Rockwell International.
Mr. Hochhauser is a mentor and friend to INCO President and 3t Systems CEO, Ciaran Dwyer.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hochhauser has established a proven track record of developing and executing successful global business strategies that have turned around businesses and enabled strong-performing companies to excel – achieving record returns on investments and delivering superior shareholder value. He shared a portion of his experience with lunch attendees focusing on leadership, changing business environments and some interesting stories working with Warren Buffett and General David Petraeus.
Mr. Hochhauser conveyed many pieces of advice included his views on change. He said change in business is inevitable and certain. The key to successfully working with change is learning how to make change an advantage while making it work for you. In addition, he touched on what traits make up a good leader or CEO. One of his most emphatic talking points was that leaders create favorable environments for people to excel while knowing how to communicate with their employees. “We all want to be the smartest person in the room,” Mr. Hochhauser said, “but the smartest person in the room is the person who knows how to ask the right questions.” Sage advice for the group of business-minded Irish Network members.
Mr. Hochhauser finished his presentation by appealing to the GAA club members in the audience saying, “Be safe, do great things and bring another hurling title back to Denver.” With an emphasis on the pride of one’s work in business and sport, the Denver Gaels take the calling seriously coming from such a respected individual.
“It’s wonderful to see INCO’s influence penetrating all aspects of the Colorado Irish community, including our great Denver Gaels,” said Shay Dunne, INCO member and founding member of the Gaels.
In addition to the luminous lunch program, INCO members met with representatives of Enterprise Ireland (EI) who were in town promoting their organization and its mission. They are responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. They work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. EI hosted a happy hour at an INCO member pub, Katie Mullen’s. Several topics were discussed that included how INCO can assist EI in attracting Irish companies to Colorado. Governor Hickenlooper’s office of Economic Development was also involved giving further assistance to a possible trade mission of Irish companies to Denver in the spring.
The Irish Network continues its Discovery Lunch program this fall with some great speakers. Registration is available at www.irishnetworkco.com. Upcoming speakers include:
Bob Rohde, President and CEO of the Dumb Friends League Nov. 1, 2012Joseph A. “Bud” Ahearn, Senior Vice President Human Capital Initiatives, CH2MHill Dec. 6, 2012