In life, some people are quiet and others are a bit more outspoken. Many people are a mixture of both. Such was the case with the case with the late Stephen P. Murray. Like many people, he could be careful and observant with his words when he needed to be in order to show careful thought.
Stephen could also be outspoken and quite willing to take the leadership role when he needed to be in order to make any company a better place to work. This is why so many of us found him to be such a great person to work with. We knew that we could count on him as necessary in order to help us manage the tasks in front of us each day.
Starting His Career Early
Such social skills were evident from the first I met him. We had very similar backgrounds and a world outlook. Like him, I was from the suburbs of a major city with driven parents who cared very much about me. Just like him, I also majored in economics, a field I have always found quite fascinating. I also went to an Ivy League business school just like he did. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://fortune.com/2015/02/17/exclusive-ccmp-capital-ceo-stephen-murray-leaves-firm/
Here we were taught many aspects of business including how to take the reigns of leadership and how to act with great ethics at all times. Here, we also learned how to work with others closely and how to get them to understand our point of view. I know that he took such lessons to heart for the rest of his life. Read more: CCMP Capital Advisors Gets Backing to Resume Investing From Fund and West Village Townhouse for $17 Million
I met him again when we both decided that it would be a good idea to join a serious credit analyst training program that was being given to people with the right background at training. At Manufacturers Hanover Corporation we both began our careers in earnest, learning a lot about how the world of finance works and how we could make our way in it well.
In 1989, I watched as he he joined the MH Equity Corporation. This was a plan that would help combine both the Manufacturers Hanover’s branch of private equity with the company’s highly active and fully functional leveraged finance unit. Our paths would cross often in the next few years as we both began our careers in the world of banking. He was always a pleasure to work with in person.