Joseph Murray

Why be just another number? You could be connected.

From Utah to Japan to DFW: Joseph Murray is linked in around the globe

Hometown: Kaysville, Utah.
Former life: Worked in public relations and then commercial real estate in Salt Lake City and Phoenix.
Current career: Supply chain management analyst, Bank of America.
Cool fact: He speaks Japanese.

Beyond language: Although he studied basic Japanese before moving to Japan, he picked most of his language skills up on the ground. “When I got back to LAX, I heard Spanish over the airport loudspeaker. And I thought, ‘Now I can process what it’s like to live somewhere but not speak the dominant language.’”

The draw of DFW: With 10,000+ corporations located here, Dallas-Fort Worth is a prime spot to tap into global business. “You’ve got Dallas, Fort Worth, the whole metroplex. It’s got one of the strongest economies in the country. And I really like the TCU network: you feel like Neeley is a small enough place for all the connections you need.”

Nationally connected: By attending the Global Supply Chain Conference at TCU, Joseph hobnobbed with CEOs and supply chain managers from across the country. Along with TCU’s top 10 Princeton Review ranking for business operations and its proximity to Alliance, Texas (a global supply chain hub and inland port), the conference is one more reason TCU is a prime launch pad for careers in supply chain and logistics. “That’s an awesome conference. You have great networking opportunities. You get one-on-one time with potential employers while you learn about the latest issues and research in supply chain.”

Building experience: A Neeley & Associates Consulting gig — to scale up production of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 aircraft and mitigate risks during the transition — proved to be an influential career milestone. “If you’re going from building 20 planes a month to 200, how do you do it? That experience was true on-the-job training. You couldn’t just learn it in a book. From that project, Lockheed Martin contacted me about an internship position. The project lead asked me what my career goals were, and then gave me an offer.”

Speak up: Deep business knowledge won’t take you far if you don’t know how to convey it. That’s why Joseph views TCU’s Neeley Professional Development Center as a competitive advantage. “The center brings in outside coaches to transform you into a powerhouse presenter. To be successful in business these days, you have to be a good presenter. You can’t just be good with numbers. Well, maybe you can be — if you don’t mind just sitting in the back office crunching numbers.”

Career focused: On top of coaching each student on personal positioning and arranging connections with company reps, the Graduate Career Center runs a weekly group called Get Hired. Joseph benefitted from the group’s positive peer pressure. “Every week we’d go over our goals and hold each other accountable for our progress. It was also a great way to share some contacts — that’s how I got my interviews with HP.”

Family affair: Joseph’s five-minute commute left time for both hard-core studying and quality time with his wife and kids. It's a question of balance. “You get into a rhythm and things get easier. For me, it would have been harder without my family. When I got home, my family time was a reward. I’d put in a hard day’s work at school, and it’s great to the see my family supporting me.”

Personal touch: He says you can find MBA programs that are faster or cheaper or easier, but it’s hard to find one that’s more personal than TCU. “I didn’t want an online degree. I want to be personally connected and build up a strong personal and professional network. When I came to TCU, I knew it was the right place for me.”

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