Derek graduated for the University of Limerick with a degree in Business Studies. His career in the watercooler industry began in 2001 when he joined Oasis Ireland as their Sales Manager for Central & Eastern Europe. From there he joined SIP Technologies as their European Sales Director and after ten successful years with SIP he joined ICON Technology Services in May 2016 to head up their EMEA Water Filtration business.

Throughout his time in the industry Derek has been very active with WE and it’s previous incarnation EBWA, chairing the Suppliers Committee for many years as well as being the Suppliers representative on the Execo.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to welcome all our industry colleagues to Ireland for this year’s Watercoolers Europe Conference and Trade Fair. This event, held for the first time in Dublin, celebrates 25 years since the creation of Watercoolers Europe.

Over this time, we have grown from a meeting of 6 like-minded entrepreneurs with an idea to harmonize quality and standards throughout their businesses to an organization whose members enable millions of people at work and at home to remain safely hydrated every single day.

Our annual meeting is the must attend event in the watercooler calendar as it affords suppliers, bottlers, distributors and entrepreneurs the opportunity to build on existing relationships and to forge new ones.

The exciting agenda for you this year includes:

• a Dublin City Tour;

• our Conference which covers a wide range of topics and speakers discussing subjects all extremely relevant to our industry including the annual update on all the latest European industry statistics courtesy of Zenith Global.
Our Keynote Speaker this year features Mark Gallagher, an author and former senior manager with various Formula 1 teams who will share his insights on what it takes to be a winner;

• following the success of last year’s workshops, we will again be dividing them into two distinct categories: Technical & Commercial. They will run concurrently giving greater choice and enable you to attend those sessions which add the greatest value to your business;

• the Gala Dinner & Aqua Awards, always a good night, gives you a chance to unwind and try some of the ‘black stuff‛ in the famous setting of the Guinness Brewery;

• the Trade Fair - our event is only possible due to the support of our suppliers so please be sure not to miss the exhibition featuring an array of suppliers who will be delighted to showcase their latest product range, innovations and share their expertise with you.

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our sponsors and to wish you all an enjoyable and profitable visit to our 2018 event.

Derek Callaghan