It is the journey not the destination that matters the most is often quoted but this is certainly the case with Brian and the First Derivatives story.
It is well known that Brian started the company from his mother’s spare bedroom in Newry. But, not as well known that on one occasion in those very early days, long before mobile phones, a German client called his mother’s house requesting to speak to Brian – they were told in no uncertain terms he was unavailable to take the call as he was having a bath.
But from this humble beginning, the journey of FD quickly evolved. As through the growth years thousands of graduates came to Newry for to undertake a training programme which gave the FD team a differentiator over its competitors. Brian invested in his staff which in turn inspired loyalty and this coupled with an ethos of work hard play hard became part of the FD secret sauce. Even as the company grew Brian ensured there was always a family feel to it through his open-door policy.
Success at FD lead to Brian hosting the great and good of local politics, an invitation to the White House on St Patrick’s Day. his receiving off numerous awards and accolades, opening FD offices from New York through to Sydney – the story of Brian and the story of FD certainly was one remarkable journey!