Des Rogers - Managing Director
Qualifications: Quantity Surveyor, Dublin Institute Technology, Dublin, Ireland
On his return to Ireland from Canada in 1987 Des established Ireland’s first self storage company Easi Mini Storage. Along-side the self storage business he developed a file and records storage business called Data & Records Management (now trading as Wincanton Records Management). To develop the business he obtained investment from Delta Partners, an Irish development capital company and appointed a professional Managing Director. These businesses were sold to P&O plc in 2000 for €10.67m giving Delta Partners a 10x return on their investment.
In 1996 Des established Sterile Technologies, a Dublin based clinical/medical waste company. To develop the business he obtained investment from Yeoman International, the investment vehicle of well respected Irish businessman Paul Coulson and appointed a professional Managing Director. The company expanded both organically and by way of acquisition in Ireland and the UK. Sterile Technologies was sold to Stericycle Inc in 2006 for €110m giving Yeoman a 18x return on their investment.
Since 2006 Des has applied the capital of RGI to a range of quoted and unquoted investments and companies across a diverse range of sectors including technology, telecoms, waste, file storage and leisure.
Bob McDowell - Primary Technical Consultant
Bob McDowell’s 30-year career as a visionary entrepreneur was the catalyst that moved the amphibious sightseeing industry from a few regional operations to a leading national presence in tourism. His engineering expertise, passion for quality, strategic vision and management expertise transformed Ride The Ducks into the premiere amphibious sightseeing operator in the United States.
Beginning in the late 1970’s and throughout the early years of the company’s development, McDowell was personally responsible for overseeing every aspect of the business including land acquisitions, facility design and construction, business operations, marketing and strategic planning. In addition, McDowell conceived and directed the development, design of Duck vehicles to exceed the safety standards set forth by the United States Coast Guard and state-specific Departments of Motor Vehicles.
Bob McDowell, spent 30 years at the helm for Ride The Ducks. His commitment to continuous improvement stimulated the amazing growth of the Branson operation and the expansion of the company into multiple markets. Development of superior Duck vehicles and constant enhancements of the guest tour experience were the company’s hallmarks of success.
Bob currently serves as an independent consultant to review amphibious site selections, tour route and ramp development, facility acquisitions, organizational structure, zoning, permits and regulatory approvals. Recognized as the leader in the industry, Bob has served as the expert on amphibious sightseeing vehicles and operations for private entities as well as for the National Transportation and Safety Board and the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center.
In addition to his expertise in amphibious vehicles and operations, Bob has developed new business concepts, built and operated a 111 unit hotel property, a 300 seat restaurant, gift shops, concessions, and a souvenir photo operation.
Fergal Rogers - Viking Splash Tours Operations Director
Fergal Rogers worked in Estate Agency for 2 years before joining up with Des Rogers and establishing Dublin’s first self-storage company in 1982. Des and Fergal subsequently set up Data & Records Management Ltd, a company responsible for the offsite storage and retrieval of confidential documents and computer media. Fergal Rogers’ primary role was as operations director.
Andy Colhoun - Electrical Engineer
Andy was educated in Southern Africa and went on to get qualifications in the Auto Electrical field. His interests in the vehicle sector have allowed him to gain experience in vehicle air conditioning, black box data logging, automotive electronics and CCTV. Since moving to Northern Ireland in 2001 he has worked at Browns Coachworks on some of their “interesting projects” and in the fire appliance manufacturing plant. Andy joined Salamander in January 2013.
Chris Allen - Production Manager
Christopher attended Ballymena Academy from 1997-2004, he then went to Queen University Belfast studying Mechanical Engineering. For his years placement he worked for Kingspan Renewables as a junior Project Engineer where he worked on automating manual processes some of which are now in their new factory in Portadown.
After graduating in 2009 he worked for MDF part of SDC as a Business Improvement Co-ordinator working on several projects from Lasers, plasmas and press brakes improving efficiencies and work flow. In February 2011 Christopher moved to Wrightbus in the position of Front Line Manager where he managed a team of 50 men, during his time there the New Bus For London was developed and his team starting building them on the production line.
Christopher’s next move was in the middle of July 2013 where he started with Maine Surface Finishing, there he managed with build of sub-contracted quarry machines, conveyors and other large assemblies from order to finished product.
Christopher started his new role in April 2016 as Production Manager with Salamander AV, he is excited with the challenges and opportunities this new role will present and looking forward to making it a success.