Lifetime Achievement Award caps off extraordinary six months for Norman Building & Design.
On October 2, 2019, Cascade Business News celebrated its annual Accomplished Under 40 award winners at the Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend and what do ya know? Our own president Brian Murphy was among the chosen few.
Earning such recognition was no small feat as this year's competition featured one of the largest and most diverse groups of nominations ever.
"It's quite an honor to be selected among such an amazing group of talented professionals," said Brian. "I am extremely thankful to my co-workers for nominating me."
To see what a winning "Accomplished Under 40" nomination looks like, here's Brian's:
Co-owner & President
Norman Building & Design
Brian’s positions in construction have included laborer, estimator, project manager, VP of operations and now president. Some of his notable projects include the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Larry Ellison’s Woodside Residence and work on both UCSF and SFSU campuses. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Econ/Math from UC Santa Barbara, and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State. Brian’s passion is to combine the creativity and beauty of his clients' dream homes with the business systems and discipline to reliably deliver on time and on budget. He has also enjoyed increasing Norman’s remodel business by five times over the last three years.
Civic, Industry & Community Involvement
Brian and his wife, Jenny, have traveled abroad in various volunteer roles from orphanages to skilled nursing facilities, to consulting with small women-owned businesses. Brian was a past board member for EChO, an organization dedicated to providing education for Chinese orphans with special needs. Norman Building has made countless contributions to local nonprofits and has an affinity for causes impacting children. Some include MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, Deschutes Children Foundation, Assistance League of Bend, Bend Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Bethlehem Inn and Bend Search and Rescue.
Specific Characteristics that Distinguishes Them from Their Peers
Brian has the unique ability to stay the course regardless of the pressures he faces. When times get tough, he focuses on taking small steps forward. When Brian’s kids were two, one and one (Irish twins and actual twins), his wife Jenny was diagnosed with epilepsy that eventually led to brain surgery. Brian’s ability to step up for his family while running the business through a transition was admirable. No matter how stressful the issue, Brian can keep perspective and calmly move forward, which belies one of his most distinguishing characteristics: his prematurely gray hair.
Business Leadership Philosophy
Brian’s leadership philosophy is centered in teamwork. High-performing teammates are aligned, respectful and humble. These characteristics of leadership provide all employees and clients access to varied perspectives, growth and commitment. And these teams naturally produce high-quality work. Norman’s internal team and external subs and vendors take a normally stressful process of building to create a memorable and fun experience for themselves and their clients.