Young Leaders Belfast is a society falling underneath the wide gammut of The Ireland Funds. Young Leaders Belfast cultivates an emerging generation of philanthropists whilst providing a networking forum and a connection to the island of Ireland. Members of the Belfast branch come from many areas of business including law, medicine, sports, business and the creative sector.
As part of Young Leaders Belfast’s annual program, various guest speakers are invited to speak on a range of topics. This time around, Dublin and New York hotelier, John Fitzpatrick was invited to the Duncairn Arts Centre to speak with Young Leaders Belfast. Jim is also the Chairman of The Ireland Funds America.
Introduced by Jonathan Ireland from Lanyon Communications, he quizzed John on various aspects of his business including how he got started in the hotel sector. John described how he dealt with the mafia in New York and how his family worked in Ireland to build a multi million dollar business.