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Meet Liam Clancy of Absolute 47

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liam Clancy.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Liam. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I left school when I was 16—headed for an apprenticeship as a sign writer, but the company went out of business soon after I started. I begged my parents not to make me go back to school until the new school year began and they reluctantly agreed. From there I got a job locally in a factory, working three alternating weekly shifts of days, evenings and through the night. Seven years later I had worked my way up to supervisor, on the midnight to 8 a.m. shift but decided I’d had enough. I recall my father’s concern as he worried about me giving up job stability and seniority. It was sound and pragmatic advice from a parent wanting the best for his son… but, thank God I didn’t listen. I rose from a factory supervisor to National Sales Manager for a UK based printing machine manufacturer.

A year into my tenure the company was purchased by a large French organization with international locations which took me to Chicago and Montreal. My new role was to assess a company they had purchased and offer changes that would improve efficiency and reduce cost by cutting labor. It was a miserable existence—people saw me as the enemy and relationships felt very superficial. Far from home, no friends and feeling very lonely, they informed me that my next location would be Boston. I decided it would be my last. Much to my surprise, the offer of resignation provided a gateway to my very first company ownership opportunity, when they asked me to buy the Boston location.

At that point I was married, so consulted with my wife on the idea. She didn’t hesitate, said yes right away. This despite the company losing $300,000 in the year we took it over. But she had unwavering faith that I could make it work, and we soon turned things around. I remember the year we turned a $10,000 profit, it was like we had won the lottery. Since then we have created, bought and sold many companies. Today we are invested in the creation of what will be my most satisfying business—Absolute 47. This company allows me the opportunity to express myself, and create something that is loved by our guests because we are a company that genuinely cares about the people who enter our door.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Getting to this point has been anything but smooth—I recall standing in our kitchen back in 2008, worrying if we were going to be able to make payroll. We had bought our first company right when the economy went south. Thankfully, we leveraged the same approach that we apply to Absolute 47, and our success had everything to do with customer service. Good relationships ensured ongoing business, new opportunities, and above all else, accounts receivable that didn’t get too out of control.

Please tell us about Absolute 47.
Absolute 47 is inspired by the belief that most companies value their employees. We understand that not all companies have the financial resources and space to provide mind-healthy environments for their employees even though it can result in more efficient productivity. Businesses come to our spaces for a break and to be spoiled. All of our locations are constructed to create a feeling of anonymity and privacy—they are like hiding places for your employees as the world outside rustles by.

The objective of your day is for the stresses and strain of daily life to be left behind and you leave just a little happier than when you came in. As an employer using Absolute 47, you will enjoy increased employee retention and show employees that you care. For the employer, its low-cost high-value perception will bring employees closer for weeks to come. We offer an inclusive and fun environment that brings people together. Productivity will increase, and employee bonds begin to form.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I have regrets like everyone else, mistakes I’ve made and opportunities I didn’t capitalize on, but I am not sure I would change anything because life is pretty good. I have a company that excites me, work with people that I cherish and have three small children and a dog that rush to the door when I get home. To change anything in my past, to have done it differently might mean not having these things in my life, each of them on their own is well worth the missteps.


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