Bill Cullen is a successful entrepreneur and listed as one of
Ireland's top 100 businessmen. Bill was born in the inner city tenements
of Dublin. One of fourteen children whose mother, Mary Darcy was a
fruit seller, Bill was selling on the streets from the age of six.
Bill went on to set up his own motor business, which became the
biggest Ford dealership in Ireland. In 1986 he took over the troubled
Renault Car Distribution franchise from Waterford
Crystal. His turnaround of that company is a business success story well
chronicled in his memoirs It's A Long Way From Penny Apples,
which has now sold over half a million copies.
Sir Anthony O'Reilly commented, "Bill Cullen came from the rabbit
warrens of despair in the slums of Dublin to become one of Ireland's
most inspirational business leaders".
Bill has walked the talk and as one of Ireland's top achievers he
will inspire and challenge you to focus on your goals. He clarifies the
key essentials that can change your life instantly. From
Networking to Persuasive Communication, from Positive Attitude to Action
Achievements, and he shows how You can get from Good to Great.
Bill is President of the Irish Youth Foundation, which raises €1.5
million a year for youth projects in Ireland giving opportunities for
achievement to kids like himself.
Bill was a recipient of the Lord Mayor's Award in 1998 for
instigating the Children's Hour fundraising initiative, which raised
€5.6 million for the young people of Ireland.
Bill was awarded the inaugural Princess Grace Humanitarian Award from
the late Prince Rainier of
Monaco in September 2004 for his involvement with youth projects in
Ireland and was conferred a Doctor of Law of Maynooth University in May
2005. In April 2006 Bill was awarded the distinction of Chevalier De La
Légion D'Honneur by decree of the President Chirac.
He stars as the Chairman of the Board in The Apprentice Ireland, which has run for two series.