Who We Are

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Who We Are

Advantage have more than 35 years’ experience in organising Events, Conferences, Incentives and Corporate Meetings across Ireland. We know what it takes to expertly design, plan, organise, manage and execute seamless programmes for every size and spectrum of special event.

Our innovative thinking and scope of expertise will ensure your event will be a truly unique and memorable experience. At Advantage you have our full attention with dedicated experienced events executives and directors on site to make certain every detail is attended to. We are recognised by the Business Tourism Unit of Fáilte Ireland as a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) and as a Destination Management Company (DMC).

Meet the Team

Ronan Flood
Managing Director

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30 years’ experience in Event Management Career Highlights: Opening ceremony Adventure Travel World Summit, Ross Castle, Killarney & Meitheal 2019 Networking Dinner, Weston Aerodrome. Ronan expertise lies in AV and production, and all of our events benefit from his experience in this area. Ronan is also undoubtedly one of the most experienced and successful event professionals in the area of awards ceremonies. He has a broad range of experience including Association Conferences, Incentive Travel and Corporate Events. He is currently the Chair of the Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers and was previously a member of Failte Ireland’s Business Tourism Working Group. Ronan enjoys a flat white and has dreams of returning to sailing on Dublin Bay.
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Susan Nolan
Director Business Development

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Susan is a veteran of the Irish hospitality industry, having experience in management roles in PCO, DMC and the hotel sector for 30 years. Susan excels in client liaison and stakeholder management and brings creativity, an unerring eye for quality and that essential “attention to detail” to every event. Career highlights include Ryder Cup 2006, the World Flower Show 2014 and the award-winning Adventure Travel World Summit in 2014. A self-confessed foodie, Susan embraces all elements culinary, be it menu selection and tastings for projects or trying new Ottolenghi recipes. Susan is at her happiest on the tennis court!
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Cliodhna Sharp
Senior Project Manager

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Digital Event Strategist (DES)
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Cliodhna is a thorough and professional Project Manager. An honours graduate in Sociology from the University of Kent in the UK, Cliodhna then went on to complete a Diploma in Event Management at the Fitzwilliam Institute. Cliodhna worked in the financial services sector for 14 years, leading many successful projects and her experience in this sector has a significant impact on her current role as she is our financial and statistics expert. Her proficiency in logistics is second to none and Cliodhna also has excellent working knowledge of our registration software. Cliodhna’s career highlights include managing the 4th and 5th International Conferences in Youth Mental Health in Dublin, 2017 and Brisbane, 2019 respectively. In her free time Cliodhna enjoys playing tennis and baking!
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Cristina Espejo-Badia
Senior Project Manager

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Over 12 years project management experience and 16+ years in the events industry. Cristina is very proud to have managed the Real Sociedad football team requirements for the Champions League in Manchester in 2013 with 2,000+ pax, and she successfully managed an incentive trip in Killarney for circa 400 pax in 2019. Cristina leads the DMC team and is one of our Senior Project Managers. She is a very proud Spanish national who speaks Spanish, English, Italian, French and German. Cristina loves practicing yoga and she regularly travels around the world to meet people and discover new cultures.
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Felicitas Odemer
Project Manager

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Virtual Event & Meeting Management (VEMM)
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Felicitas has graduated with a degree in Tourism and Travel Management, specialising in Event Management and focused specifically on the MICE sector and business events. Additionally, she has received a Diploma in Project Management and has experience in both DMC and PCO. Felicitas is now a Project Manager in our PCO team. She is a German national who speaks German and English as well as some Spanish and is learning BSL (British Sign Language). Felicitas loves going to live music events and artisan markets and enjoys Zumba.
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Sarah Durcan
Delegate Services

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30 years + experience in Event Management. Career highlights include the management of the visit of HRH Prince Charles the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Ireland. The Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2019. Sarah is our most experienced Project Manager and she oversees the processes and systems that we have in place for each event.
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Sarah Sweeney
Digital Marketing

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Sarah has over 7 years’ experience working in Event Management, both in Ireland and as far afield as Australia! She is one of our key project managers and is highly regarded for her commitment to client and delegate services as well the many aspects of logistical management required to run successful events. Sarah excels in all things digital marketing, including social media, mobile applications, and website content. Our in-house travel enthusiast, Sarah enjoys ticking destinations off her bucket list as much as possible, whether it be European City Breaks or Great Australian road trips, as her favourite saying goes ‘‘I haven’t been there yet, but it’s on my list!’’. Sarahs career highlights include the Failte Ireland National Conference Ambassador Awards 2018 in Christchurch Cathedral and the Adventure Travel World Summit in Killarney!
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