Printing company chairman values honesty as hallmark of faith

| August 18, 2016 | 3 Comments
Robert Murphy stresses the importance of honesty and forthrightness in his dealings with others. Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit

Robert Murphy stresses the importance of honesty and forthrightness in his dealings with others. Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit

Robert Murphy, 84

Company Japs-Olson Company
Title Chairman
Parish St. Olaf, Minneapolis
Spouse Judy
Children Patrick, Kathleen, Marjorie, Monica, Bridget, Michael; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren
Volunteer activities Fundraising and promotional materials

What does leading with faith mean to you?

Leading with faith to me means applying the faith I have been raised with to the decisions I have to make. I believe in absolute honesty and forthrightness in my dealings with others.

Another hallmark of that faith is the virtue of honesty in dealing with those I come in contact with.

Who or what has most inspired you to bring your faith to the marketplace?

An inspiration to me was a homily delivered by Msgr. Francis Fleming many years ago, stressing the importance of faith in the marketplace. We felt the subject so important that we persuaded him to present it to our board of directors, where it received many accolades.

What achievement at work are you most proud of?

Our company is 109 years old. I’m proud of the growth we have been blessed with, which allows us to create jobs. I’m proud of our workplace, which is safe, healthy and comfortable. We try to be a good neighbor and an asset to our community.

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  • Melanie St Denis

    Other businesses should take heed to your practices. It’s very difficult to find an honest employer these days. I will continue to pray not only for you but for others to follow too.

    • NSA SPYING

      He didn’t offer me a job. Pray for me instead so I don’t end up on disability.

  • NSA SPYING

    I beg to differ. When his printing company was in Minneapolis 20 years ago, a man committed suicide by jumping off a bridge into the Mississippi. When the police came they were blocking streets. Bob ordered the police off his property and said, “If than man wants to kill himself, that’s not my problem.” It turns out this Irish hothead was friends with the mayor. Another time before Christmas several hundred thousand pictures of Santa and Christmas trees were printed wrong. “He was screaming like a banchee, “A green Santa Claus and a red Christmas tree!” By the way I did apply at Japs and didn’t get hired.