60 Seconds With

“You need to get used to being outside of your comfort zone” – 60 seconds with Greg Tuohy, Managing Director of Cantec Group

By Business & Finance
22 June 2021
Pictured: Greg Tuohy, Managing Director, Cantec Group

Greg Tuohy is Managing Director of Cantec Group, providers of integrated software and hardware solutions. Cantec Group supports clients to streamline office processes, providing customised tech solutions across communications, information management and custom software development. Since joining the business in 1995, Greg has led the expansion of Cantec across Ireland along with its merger with SmartOffice in 2020. Most recently, Greg oversaw the launch of Cantec Group’s customs clearance automation software ClearanceTec, for businesses importing and exporting to the UK in this post Brexit era.

What was your first job?

Glass collector in a Cork City pub aged 17.

What would you regard as your greatest achievement to date?

Convincing the lads from SmartOffice and my Cantec business partners that merging the companies was the right thing to do to protect the future of both, and putting an agreement together that 7 people were equally happy with.

In three words or less, how do you define success?

Happiness and security.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Get comfortable being uncomfortable – heard from the ex-CEO of a US tech company. You need to get used to being outside of your comfort zone in order to have continued success.

How do you motivate yourself and your staff?

I motivate myself by staying physically fit, being ultra-positive, and constantly reminding myself that determination will get you everywhere.

I motivate my staff by influencing them with positive energy, celebrating their achievements, and constantly reminding them how good they are.

How do you relax?

By listening to 80s indie music while walking the dogs or cutting the grass.

What’s your motto?

Everything is awesome! I have found that positivity is infectious, so I’m determined to keep everyone around me as positive as possible.

What are your aspirations for the future of the business?

  1. For the Cantec Group to become the most desirable technology company to work for in Ireland and the UK, allowing us to attract the best talent as we expand our services.
  2. For the Cantec Group to be regarded as the provider of choice for managed print, production print, software automation solutions, software development, and design and marketing.