Belfast Telegraph

My Inspiration: Tony Gannon

The business development manager at Flahavan’s porridge believes that hard work and aiming high can take you far

Inspiration can stem from one or many aspects in life. My inspiration stems from my personal beliefs and values such as family, community and hard work. I am a firm believer in aiming high and always doing your best to achieve your goals.

I have been on quite a journey to arrive where I am today and inspiration from my family has played an integral part in my life.

Over the last 30 years I have raised three children with my wife Pauline, as well as developing a career in sales management. Raising a family has inspired me to keep a fresh perspective and energised approach to both my personal and work life.

I have worked in the grocery business for over three decades and have progressed within the sector to my current position of business development manager for Flahavan’s in Northern Ireland.

Flahavan’s is a family owned company — now in its sixth generation — that can trace its history back to 1785. Flahavan’s is an expert in oats and has continued to innovate and expand its porridge product range offering the consumer a healthy breakfast option in a market place that’s full of processed products. The recently-launched Flahavan’s multi-seed porridge range is a perfect example of this.

Enjoying a career with a company with such strong health credentials makes my job very rewarding. It’s great to promote a product which is so good for you and can have a direct positive effect on the health of the public. This gives me a strong sense of job satisfaction. Getting involved in the local community is very important to me. I am a member of my local musical society and over the last year Flahavan’s has supported the National Trust, Weightwatchers, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Association and Athletics NI through grassroots sport and community based healthy lifestyle initiatives.

They say ‘you get from life what you put into it’ and for me this ethos has been a real driver.

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