Beachhut works with innovative and driven people in the venture backed tech startup sector. Our aim is to deliver the best branding, marketing and communications to clients with the ambition to compete in a global marketplace. Following diverse strategic plans tailored to our client’s aspirations, Beachhut offers a full service media outreach with connections in Dublin, London, New York, San Francisco, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Paul Hayes, CEO Founder
Campaign and Event Strategy and Relationships
At Beachhut, Paul drives strategy for a wide variety of tech clients in multiple verticals and geographies. He is known as one of the best connectors in the Irish tech ecosystem and has mentored over 150 startups through Launchpad, DCU Ryan Academy and the LuceyFund.
Paul has extensive experience in technology communications and notably developed the messaging for early Irish tech success stories such as Havok and Demonware. An accomplished host of many technology events in Ireland and abroad, he has delivered innovative marketing strategies at international trade shows such as GDC and SxSW. He was a founder of Games Ireland.
Originally from Thurles, Paul has lately developed a passion for cycling and does Paris-Nice to support local paralympian, Peter Ryan.
- Marketing Director
Mark O’Toole, Account Director
International Press and Specialist Trade Press Outreach
Mark specializes in international press outreach for Beachhut. He has a passion for helping companies tell their stories to a wider audience.
Mark was Head of Press at the Web Summit during which time he increased the number of journalists attending “Davos for Geeks” to 1,600 as well as negotiating media partnerships with the likes of CNBC, The Guardian and The Financial Times. He also curated and developed the concept for their Sport Summit in 2014.
As a Producer at Newstalk Mark worked across current affairs, sport and magazine shows and produced Outside Broadcasts, Irish General Election Coverage and live sporting events including Premier League Football, Heineken Cup Rugby, GAA and championship boxing.
In his spare time Mark maintains a strong passion for sport, particularly Mixed Martial Arts.
- Head of Press
Maurice Collins, Client Services Director
Product Messaging Specialist
Within Beachhut, Maurice works with clients to develop powerful product messaging, in some cases clarifying and building on a strong existing product vision and in other cases working up a product strategy from the concept stage.
Maurice is an experienced executive-level Product Manager with business development and commercial experience across a number of technology sectors. Over the years, he has worked primarily in-house as a Head of Product but is currently working as a Product Management Consultant.
John Reilly, Account Manager
Consumer Tech Specialist
In addition to managing and liaising with a wide selection of Beachhut clients, John brings a wealth of experience in Consumer Technology PR. He also specialises in communications strategy around hiring in the highly competitive technology sector, with a focus on core product engineers and UI/UX designers.
John has previously worked as an PR Account Manager for HTC and Toshiba’s consumer divisions. He is also a founder and editor-in-chief of prominent Irish technology website, TheEffect.Net and is a regular technology news contributor on a number of RTE Radio’s shows.
Stacey Connolly, Account Executive
With the lines between traditional PR and digital marketing blurring, Stacey specialises in coordinated Social and Media Relations campaigns that amplify specific messages within the overall PR strategy.
Having completed her postgraduate degree in Digital Marketing from DCU, Stacey worked as a Digital Marketing Consultant helping clients to improve their social media activities and increase brand awareness.