Martin O'Mara

Martin O’Mara returns as NILWA executive

September 6, 2020
By Alana House

NILWA has announced the return of Martin O’Mara as Business Development Executive, a role that has been re-introduced by General Manager Jenny Hughes.  

O’Mara will manage all new business and marketing projects, develop strategies and opportunities with suppliers, NILWA members and customers.   

“Martin has been involved with NILWA for over 20 years, he is highly respected in our Association and the liquor industry and I’m excited to welcome him back,” Hughes said.

“With his skills, knowledge and experience, Martin will add another dimension to our business, working together with me and our dedicated and loyal head office team as we strengthen, innovate and diversify our successful business and marketing programs.”

In accepting this new role, O’Mara has vacated his position of Executive Chair of the NILWA Board, a position he has held since 2016. 

“We thank Martin for his service and guidance during his tenure as Chair and his contribution to the Board,” Hughes added.  

With his new role, Martin has accepted the position as NILWA’s Company Secretary and Licensee.  The Association will now call for nominations from the five current directors (Stephen Williams, Sam Oddo, Damien Mahon, Joe Carbone and Jeff Crawley).  The ballot results for Chair and Deputy Chair will be announced at NILWA’s AGM, to be held on October 22, 2020.  

In the year ahead, NILWA said it is firmly positioned to assist member wholesalers service their customers with the ongoing support from its supplier partners.  

“An experienced and united Board, strong governance policies, continued evolution of our Signature Drinks on-premise marketing programs, has provided strong foundations for the Association, formed in 1997, to navigate the changing and challenging trading environment,” Hughes said. 

“We know there are those in our industry who are struggling through these tough times. NILWA, our Board and our Member wholesalers are available and ready to assist customers, as they continue to trade or for those that look to recommence trading as restrictions are lifted.”

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