Murray obtained his Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta in 1997 with technical electives in construction and structural engineering. Since University, he has learned different business units, obtained his Professional Engineer designation, secured his Gold Seal Recognition, and continued his growth through executive training programs.
Murray has excelled throughout his career with roles including project manager, general manager of Scott’s national Account Program, Partner & VP, COO, to his current role of President & CEO. Murray’s drive and passion for the team has been a constant throughout. He has led transitions in HR, CRM systems, enterprise operating systems, construction operations systems, training programs, and strategic planning throughout the years.
Murray’s leadership has been instrumental in Scott Builders’ ongoing efforts to create great workplaces by embedding its values into all its initiatives. The company has been repeatedly certified as a best workplace in Alberta and has won the Top 50 Best Workplaces in Canada four times. Murray has remained actively involved in the community as a supporter of the United Way of Central Alberta and Lacombe Athletic Park Association and has participated in Community Basketball Associations and has coached multiple sports teams over the years. Murray is also part of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (Board Member) and a member of the Business Council of Alberta.
President & CEO, Red Deer
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BEING PART OF THE SCOTT BUILDERS TEAM?
I love the people we have and the people that we attract to join us. We do business a certain way and that attracts people with high integrity, strong safety and quality values, and a big commitment to our communities. By leaning into our values I’ve found each member of our team comes to the table aligned and ready to work together collaboratively.
WHAT INITIALLY DREW YOU TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY & WHAT MADE YOU STAY?
While in university I worked at a local Edmonton construction company over the summer and really enjoyed the work. Once I graduated my fiancé (now wife) was offered a teaching job in the Red Deer area. I printed off copies of my resume and hit the pavement, going door to door at local construction and engineering companies in Red Deer. I walked into Scott Builders and asked at reception if I could drop off a resume. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was speaking with one of the four owners of the company, Phyllis Ward.
I had no idea who I was talking to, but must have made enough of an impression as she sat me in a conference room and set me up with an interview with Scot Rutherford. After a follow-up interview with one of the other owners, Ralph Ward, I had a start as a project manager. In 2004 Scot and I became part owners of the business. Good thing I was on my best behavior that day when I walked in and talked to Phyllis.
I’ve stayed in construction because I love the opportunity to help companies with exciting problems – their growth. The clients we meet are driving growth in their businesses, they are usually leading with new technology or new strategic initiatives. It is exciting to learn from our clients about how they operate their business, their plans for growth, and how they are successful.
WHEN YOU’RE NOT HARD AT WORK, WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU?
When not at work I am usually either playing, coaching, volunteering, or spending time with friends and family. My wife and I love to watch sports, coach, golf, and travel. I volunteer in the community and across the province to give back.
SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE? (OR YOUR HERO)
I have had great mentors at work over the years and connect with many other business leaders through my associations and meetings. My family and extended family and my parents are a great source of pride and admiration. I learn from listening, reading, and watching business, political and other leaders as they share their stories of success and failures. There is always wisdom you can gain from listening and putting yourself in other’s shoes. I firmly believe you don’t get to where you are without help along the way, I have been very fortunate to have great influencers to help me become the man I am today.
WORDS YOU LIVE BY: (FAVOURITE QUOTE OR LIFE PHILOSOPHY)
It’s all the simple things that are difficult to do – most are cliches and none of them are mine. Trust and check, do unto others, be on time, walk the talk, what’s in the way is the way, live your values, start with the end in mind, clean as you go, get back to everyone, etc… It is the difficult to do, yet simple things that make you great.
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