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Donal Roughneen celebrates 5 Years at Roc Search!

11 January 2018



This month we celebrate the 5 year Roc Search anniversary of Donal Roughneen, our US Contract Sales Team Manager based at our office in Austin, Texas. Donal joined the Roc Search team in January 2013, shortly after both graduating from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science Sports as well as spending a year playing football in USA. Initially based at the Roc Search HQ in Reading, Donal was the second hire into the newly set up Engineering division, where he achieved a lot in a short space of time. We won Rookie of the Year in 2013, hit the Ibiza target (wrote most business out of any consultant during this target), reaching 16 runners for 7385 WGP amongst along with further strong performances over his first couple of years at the business.

It was after this success that Donal was given the opportunity to relocate to the Austin office in 2015, with the view to head up the contracts business over there. Having previously spent time in the US during year’s scholarship playing football for the Clayton State University’s team, he always knew he’d like to move there for the long term if the opportunity came about. Donal comments:

“I saw going to Austin as an opportunity push my Roc Search career to the next level. It was an opportunity to build a new market from scratch and although it was a huge responsibility I was ready for the challenge. I’m really proud of what we have achieved so far as a team and there’s still a lot of potential to tap into as the team continues to grow. It’s really exciting being at the forefront of this endeavour.”

5 years in, with 3 of those in the US, and Donal is now Sales Team Manager for the US Contract division. He’s worked incredibly hard to help create the foundation upon which the Austin office can continue to thrive and we’re certain we will see him continue this trend of success going forward.

“It’s been an amazing experience seeing Donal grow into the fantastic leader he is today. I think to begin with he wasn’t certain a career in recruitment was for him but I knew he had the right attitude and drive to succeed in the industry so I encouraged him to give it a try. And the results speak for themselves. Here we are 5 years on where he continues to go from strength to strength, always pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved as well as always supporting and providing a great example for the rest of his team. This is going to be a big year for the US markets and Donal will be an integral part of the successes we’ll inevitably see in 2018 as well as the years to come.” – Conor Roughneen, Founder and Managing Director of Roc Search

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