Why a 28-year-old turned down a top US corporate job to run his father’s Limerick business

Patrick Byrnes has transformed Croom Medical from a company with 30 staff into a state-of-the-art medical devices maker employing almost 170 people

Patrick Byrnes, Croom Medical chief executive: ‘When I came into the business, I identified the need for investment in new equipment in order to drive growth and improve our competitiveness’. Picture: Alan Place

Patrick Byrnes remembers exactly where he was the day he called his father and told him that he wanted to come home and take over the family business. The Limerick native was standing on the workshop floor of the Cork manufacturing facility run by Stryker, the US medical device and technology giant.

Earlier that day, Byrnes had been offered a secondment with the company that would have seen him move to Kalamazoo city in Michigan ...