Welcome, Sandy Murphy, Business Development Manager!
We have some exciting news! Our team has grown again. We brought on a Monte-Carlo loving, adventure seeking, mushroom hunting, experienced, Business Development Manager! Meet Sandy Murphy! Over the past few weeks we’ve gotten to know Sandy more deeply. We wanted to share a glimpse of her world, so we sat down and had a little chat! Enjoy!
Sandy, tell me about yourself! Where are you from? Where did you go to school? All the usual stuff!
I’m from a very small farm town in northwest Ohio called Fostoria. I grew up on a farm where we raised pigs and had lots of animals. When I moved away from home and went to college, I went to Pennsylvania Culinary Institute to study Culinary Arts. I really loved cooking at the time, and I still do, but working as a Chef out in the field, wasn’t really what I had envisioned in my mind. Thankfully, I have found a new passion in Business Development!
How did you get into business development?
When the recession hit, I started working at a call center. I thought it was going to be a two month gig, but I ended up staying with the company for nearly 15 years. About half way into my career there, I started working in the Business Development Department. Even though a career in call center outsourcing wasn’t what I originally planned, I got to meet my husband out of it and find a gig I am passionate about. I also got to move to the awesome city Columbus! Have you seen the food scene here though?
Do you have a business development philosophy?
I would say my philosophy is trying to build the relationship first. I think it’s important to work with someone on a more personal level and get to know them before trying to spew out a bunch of information to them. It’s all about building trust and finding a solution that fits the needs of their business.
How do our core values (collaboration, initiative, ingenuity) align with your own?
I think the core value that resonates the most with me is ingenuity. I tried to build a boat once – just something small that you could put into a creek. I had to find out how to take the front boards and curve them. The ingenuity in me likes finding random things that are just there and putting them together to solve a puzzle or fix something. I love innovating business development practices to solve problems while I’m not out building watercrafts!
What do you want to learn in the next 12 months in business development or at Buckeye Interactive?
I would love to learn more about the ins and outs of web engineering, development and design. I love doing cross-discipline pairings with team members. I learn so much from them. I’m looking forward to getting a good foundation for all the different systems, languages, and program terminology. I know it will help me better communicate, ask better questions and help solve problems for the clients we are talking to. My husband is a Software Developer and I regret “putting on the ear muffs” all those years he tried talking to me about coding.
What is your favorite food?
I love anything adventurous! I like trying new foods from different cultures that I’ve never tried before. On the more specific side, I love these mushrooms called morels. We hunt for them and it’s a whole thing my family does! They’re this very elusive fungus that is really hard to find. But when you find it, you get super excited! The best part? Frying them up in butter!
Do you have a daily mantra? If so, what is it and why?
Lately, I find myself working on setting my intentions for the day. I don’t want to go through every day like in a rapid fire mode where I may miss out on things happening around me. I’m working on slowing down and focusing on what’s really important to me, like family, friendships, and enjoying my 2 little girls, Ella and Zoey.
What’s your favorite car?
I had a 2000, silver Monte-Carlo before I had children. It had the best visibility in it and could switch lanes on 270 like a boss! When I was in that car I felt very free! It wasn’t by any means a sports car, but I felt super cool in it. Some people think it’s a junky car, but I loved how freeing it was! I currently have my heart set on a Jeep Grand Cherokee with black rims – enough room to fit the littles and slick enough to feel like I’m back in ole “Monte” as I called her!