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Paul’s EOY Journey Series 3

Paul McKenna

By: Paul McKenna


Read the third instalment of Paul’s account of his #EOY journey.

We experienced yet another inspiring morning on Day 4, hosted by EY Ireland Managing Partner, Frank O’Keefe. Frank discussed the importance of thought diversity to EY and how this diversity is shaping the future of EY. We were then joined by EY Hong Kong Managing Partner, Agnes Chan and Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, who discussed the job opportunities available between Hong Kong and Ireland (pictured above).

Talk by Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam.
Talk by Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam.

We then took the ferry to Macau, the mecca of gambling in China, we listened to several Irish executives from MGM and Wynn that gave us the inside line on why Macau generates 7 times more profit from casinos than Las Vegas! Approx. $43 billion American dollars annually ! We then sampled the casino halls of the Wynn Palace and some of us were lucky enough to cover our trips drinks bill, that night we were treated to dinner at the incredible Wynn Palace. $450 million was spent building this hotel and casino and is the epitome of 5-star luxury. I wouldn’t mind having a go at one of their fit outs in a setting like this! 

Dinner at Wynn Palace, Macau.
Dinner at Wynn Palace, Macau.
Wynn Palace.

On the ferry back Laurence O’Kane of IMED Healthcare and I got chatting and he revealed his love of horse racing, believe he has 8/9 horses (don’t tell his wife) she thinks only 3 or 4, anyway he had a horse running in Redcar in the UK at 16.05 GMT, after a frantic panic we managed to get a mobile signal and duly placed our bets, fair play to Venturous it romped home at 10-1 ! Like being an Entrepreneur you must have skin in the game to be a winner… we retired to the Hotel bar where a happy Laurence treated everyone to a few well-deserved drinks.

Wynn Palace, Macau.

Read more about the EOY here.

Read the first two instalments of the EOY Series here: first and second.

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