Brody Sweeney

Entrepreneur and Author

Brody is an experienced and well known entrepreneur with a successful career spanning over 25 years, with a good understanding of the highly regulated food and gaming industries - and with a track record in retail, franchising, gaming, online, C.S.R and the food industry.

 

Brody has experienced the highs and lows of creating a global brand as he was founder, CEO and Chairman of O’Brien’s Irish Sandwich Bars, a global business with sales with operations in 14 countries, employing 3,000+ in over 320 stores and sales of €140m.  He successfully built an international brand selling products with the concept of “Irishness” to various cultures in Europe and around the world. In 2007 he semi-retired from the day to day management of the business to pursue a career in politics’ and in the 2007 General Election, stood for the Dail. He didn’t make it. In 2009, as the recession took hold, he put his semi-retirement on hold, put O’Brien’s into examinership, restructured the business, and exited it.

He is now the Chairman of multi-award winning The Little Museum of Dublin, a Non Executive Director of Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) and until September 2011 was also on the board for Ireland's largest and fastest growing PLC’s Paddy Power for 7 years. He has served on the Board of Dublin City University Educational Trust from 2003 – 2008.  Brody also has a successful track record of corporate fundraising through venture capital and private equity.

Brody is founder and Chief Executive of Camile Thai Kitchen - a gourmet restaurant delivery business that he set up in response to changing eating habits, brought about by increased use of the internet at home.

Brody runs the “Small to Tall – How to grow your business from its Entrepreneurial roots” Training Programmes, based on his best-selling book of the same name.  Designed specifically for entrepreneurs and business owners, he shares the valuable lessons he has learned from building a business from scratch over 20 years.

Brody is Co-Founder of the Irish Business Charity Connect Ethiopia, which arranges for groups of Irish business professionals, to travel to Ethiopia, to train, up skill, invest, introduce to contacts and advise on developing business.   He was one of the last 5 winners (out of more than 9,000 entries) of the “Your Ireland Your Call” competition with his Green Ireland initiative. He is an author of two best selling business books - 'Making Bread' (2005) Liberties Press and 'Small to Tall' (2008) Gill & Macmillan, and the author of Green Ireland – A strategy for development of Irish Food and Tourism 2006.

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