We turn our attention in our employee profile to a young man on the east coast of Rock-It World, Mr. Todd Murphy. Fresh out of college with a degree in Transportation & Logistics Management (which we didn't know was a major but we'll let it slide), an ad in the classifieds for import/export in the entertainment industry caught Todd Murphy's eye. Over nine years later, he is a Senior Account Representative in the New York office of Rock-It Cargo, handling some of the most logistically challenging freight forwarding in the industry.
Todd has worked his way through the ranks at Rock-It, and despite looking much like our favorite muppet (He says 'meep' to give you a hint) he now handles some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, shipping a variety of projects, including master tapes for U2's new album, 200,000 lbs of equipment requiring a 747 freighter for Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney's personal car and an extensive worldwide Lenny Kravitz tour.
RIC: The logistics surrounding your various projects appear to be complicated and intense, how do you let off steam?
TM: I try and not take the job home with me, but everyday it follows me home anyway! Watching the Yankees win always make me feel better and helps me take my mind off of work. When the Yankees aren't playing (or winning) I tend to play some XBOX or PSP (I'm still a kid at heart).
RIC: Are you capable of relaxing?
TM: After doing this job for 9 years I have learned not to stress out over every little hiccup that can come along. I still do stress occasionally it is hard not to with this job but I have learned to relax and most of the time everything seems to work itself out. It's also easier not getting as stressed as I could when I know the people I work with and my agents are reliable and will get the job done.
RIC: How do you feel you've been able to maintain and expand your client base (besides being great)?
TM: I try and treat every customer the same whether it is a 1 lb shipment from New York to LA or a World tour for a rock band. I also try to be personable with the client, asking how there family is doing and what their plans are after the tour ends. I have received phone calls from people I have never spoken to before saying that I was recommend to them by this person. It is a great feeling when you receive calls like that you know you are doing something right!
RIC: What are some of your personal and professional goals?
TM: I would like to get more involved in larger projects of freight forwarding such as moving turbines. I find transportation very interesting you can basically move anything in the world to anyplace in the world. As long as you have determination and money you can move anything.
Thanks Todd and keep up the good work. FYI, Todd completely resents the muppet comment but we're sticking by our reporting. Have you ever seen them at a party together?