Started in 1953, Colortrend has grown to be Ireland’s only 100% Irish owned and operated paint company. Colortrend operates at the forefront of paint technology, offering acrylic decorative paint and customized industrial coatings for their company-owned stores and over 100 exclusive retail partners across Ireland and the UK.

Growing this extraordinary business from a small section of a Famine Workhouse to a multi-location business that serves both retail and industrial clients is the result of 60 years of effort and a commitment to the highest standards of quality and innovation. Kevin O’Connor, MD at Colortrend, has been responsible for the company’s rapid expansion in the past 3 years while working with’s Tommy Murray.

Murray joined the Board of General Paints as their first non-executive Director in 2009, bringing with him a fresh and outside perspective, both for strategic growth and brand development.

“He is respected and liked both by his fellow Directors and by Management,” says O’Connor of Murray, “His ability to Mentor the other Directors, some of whom had little experience at the Board level, has been very beneficial”.

Murray’s contribution to the success of the company wasn’t limited to the boardroom, however, as he drew all levels of the company into engagement, with a focus on international expansion.

“He’s made a significant contribution across the breadth of the company, including manufacturing and operations, sales and marketing, and administration,” continues O’Connor, “It’s proven motivational for the employees in the company to witness Tommy on our Board.”

Although the company has experienced great success in the past 3 years, O’Connor does have one regret; not hiring a Mentor sooner!

“I can only say that I’m sorry I didn’t look for a non-executive Director some years ago. I heartily encourage any private company to consider both the measurable and immeasurable benefits of having a Mentor on the Board.”

About Tommy Murray

A Council Member with both the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation, Tommy has more than 40 years of experience at senior levels, across all aspects of business. He’s previously held senior management positions in production, logistics, distribution, operations and new product development in both the beverage and property industries.

Tommy brings to his clients a focus on rapid and sustainable expansion, specializing in operations management, innovation and new product development.

Schedule a 2-hour Business Review Session with Tommy at to learn how your company can grow into a success story like Colortrend.