Window expert speaks of his clear vision for the company

by Shane Dillon
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FAIRCO Windows and Doors managing director Jim Toal is a Raheny lad through and through. Born and reared in the north Dublin suburb, he set up his first sales agency business as a youngster of just 18.
Back in the day when schoolboys had Saturday jobs, Jim set about learning his trade, cleaning windows and gutters for people in his neighbourhood.
As a teenager, he progressed to Dublin’s famous Dandelion Market in Stephen’s Green, where he spent his Saturdays selling second-hand jeans and coats to the fashionistas of the 1980s.
Jim believes the Dandelion was where he learned to talk to customers and do a deal. After finishing school at St Nessan’s, Baldoyle, he got his first job as a door-to-door salesperson selling replacement windows and doors.
It  wasn’t long before he decided to strike out on his own. Determined to have his own successful company by the age of 30, he started off on the road to achieving that dream in 1998 when he established Fairco Windows and Doors. Now, the company he founded employs 32 people and has offices in Kilbarrack, Santry (where they have built Ireland’s largest indoor showhouse) and Terenure.
Jim works out of the Kilbarrack office and lives in Raheny with his wife, Suzanne, and their three children. A former runner with Raheny Shamrocks, he enjoys a game of golf at the St Anne’s Golf Club, and says he lives his whole life within three miles of Raheny.

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