W J Murray and Associates is a global consulting
firm committed to helping clients become more successful in a
fiercely competitive environment where speed and execution are
most important. We focus on getting it done - Not planning. Our
mission is to help businesses move to a future market position
where they can achieve extraordinary results that include
increased margins, improved productivity, reduced life cycle
costs, enhanced competitive position, reduced business cycle
times and reduced risks.
The partnership that develops leads to continuous measurable
improvements in our clients' operations and competitive
position. Our clients include Shell Oil Company, ExxonMobil, Halliburton
Dresser Industries, Chevron/Texaco, BMC Software, IBM, Randalls Food Markets,
Conoco/Phillips, American General Life insurance
Company, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Dynegy, El Paso Energy,
Continental Airlines, Rolls Royce Energy Systems, and many more.
Our depth of resources is a key strength. W J Murray
& Associates consulting professionals are among the best
qualified and most respected in their fields:
Dr. Bill Murray brings to his clients over 25 years of
corporate and consulting experience with such firms as Union
Carbide Corp., Shell Oil Co., American General Life Insurance
Co., ExxonMobil, IBM, Randalls Food Markets, Enron, BMC Software
and Phillips Petroleum. His experience includes profit and
loss responsibility for strategic business units, new business
and product development, merger and acquisition evaluation and
implementation, international joint venture planning and
execution, and development and implementation of strategic
business plans. Murray is Executive Professor of Management at
the University of Houston where he teaches strategic planning
and business policy in the school's Executive MBA program.
John Graham, a mechanical engineer has over fifteen years
experience focusing on the development, implementation and on
going management of quality systems. Graham
implemented one of the first ISO 9000 systems in North
America. His unique skill of bringing technical expertise as well as
interpersonal skills to engagements is evidenced by his ability to serve as a
consultant in the petrochemical, distribution, engineering,
electronics and service industries. He has completed
engagements at Texaco, Westlake Polymers, Lyondell
Petrochemical, Quantum Chemicals, Witco Chemicals, Ashland
Chemicals, Pak Tank, Southern Container and Ethyl Corporation.
His articles have appeared in Hydrocarbon Processing Magazine,
The Oil & Gas Journal and Plant Services Magazine. Graham
holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from
The University of Houston.
Dr. Elizabeth Anderson Fletcher is an Associate
Professor of Decision and Information Sciences in the C. T. Bauer College
of Business at the University of Houston. She has published articles in
the International Journal of Forecasting, Journal of the
Operational Research Society, Production and Inventory Management
Journal, American Journal of Medical Quality, and International
Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance. She currently teaches
courses in the Executive MBA program and at the undergraduate level in
Production and Operations Management, Service Operations Management, and
Health Care Management. Fletcherï¿½s research interests include
forecasting and planning, service quality measurement, and health care
quality management. Current research projects are the evaluation of focus
forecasting techniques, the use of dimensional analysis in service quality
measurement, and the impact of medical errors and patient safety on health
care quality management.
Dr. George Grimm is a senior level
consultant with over 25 years experience in strategic
planning, R&D management, industrial marketing and new
business development. Grimm began his professional career in
the research and development laboratories of Owens-Corning
Fiberglas Corp. and advanced to the position of Associate
Director of Research and Development. He was subsequently
selected to lead Owens-Corning's first new ventures/business
development team. He was later retained by Pennzoil to
identify new business opportunities in the minerals sector,
and develop value-added markets for both metals and
non-metals. Grimm is a graduate of the University of
Rochester, obtained his Ph.D. in physics from Lehigh
University and has completed the Harvard Business School's
Professor of Management Program.
Virginia Hoefler has over 25 years' experience in
determining, developing, and delivering customized training
programs for Fortune 500 clients, including The Coca-Cola
Company, ALLTEL, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Service Corporation
International, Dun & Bradstreet, and Caterpillar. She has
served on an ASTD International Sales and Marketing Training
task force, and was part of a 12-person University of Houston
board charged with better aligning their Instructional
Technology program with that required of business. Her areas
of expertise include assessing training needs against business
needs, developing training strategies to improve performance,
designing and installing training evaluation systems and
determining appropriate training department infrastructure.
Representative projects include the design and implementation
of the structure and training curriculum for an international
services firm comprised of 35,000 employees, she developed all
necessary programs and prepared all job, recruiting,
compensation, and training materials necessary for an $8
billion dollar telecommunications firm.
Ms. Korn is a consultant experienced in the development,
management, marketing and delivery of competency based
training and development programs, career development and job
search transition services. She facilitates career transition
and job search seminars for managerial, professional,
technical, administrative support and manufacturing level
staff. She has provided training for managers, supervisors and
human resource professionals. Ms. Korn has designed training
programs on performance management which was delivered to 500
corporate employees of a Fortune 50 company. In addition, Ms.
Korn is highly experienced in the areas of training and
development, counseling/career assessment, project management
E. A. Larsen
Bruce Larsen has more than 30 years of business
management experience most recently as President of the $400
million Surfactants and Chemical Division of Vista Chemical
Co. He has created growth opportunities, both domestic and
international through team-building, "partnering,"
communication, and strategic skills. Larsen brings a wealth of
practical, hands-on experience to his consulting assignments
having held positions of increasing responsibility in sales,
marketing, business and enterprise management in firms that
include Dow Chemical, Olin, Conoco Chemical, E.I. Dupont as
well as Vista Chemical Co.
Dr. Edward Nathan received his Ph.D. from the University
of Texas in 1980. He currently holds a faculty position in
Accountancy and Taxation at the University of Houston where he
teaches Financial Accounting, Financial statement analysis and
CPA review courses. Dr. Nathan has provided testimony as an
expert witness in business valuations, cost analyses and
lifetime earnings evaluations. He also has in charge
audit experience with Deloitte & Touche in a variety of
industries including land development, manufacturing and
service industries. He is proficient in the set up of personal
computer systems and the use of statistical software packages
such as SAPP and BMDP.
Arch Payne is a Human Resource expert with over 25 years of
consulting and line management experience in manufacturing and service
industries with such companies as Enron, Air Liquide America Corporation,
FMC Corporation, CATX Corporation, and American Can Company. Payneï¿½s
assignments have included managing all acquisition related human resource
risk, costs, processes, and integration efforts for a $600 million global
water utility start up company; full responsibility for all human resource
strategies, initiatives, and programs impacting over 5000 employees of a
$2 billion North American organization; and responsibility for all
worldwide HR programs at 20 U.S. and international operations employing
over 4000 people. His specific areas of expertise include incentive
compensation and benefits programs, acquisition integration,
organizational design, executive coaching, international skill coaching,
termination, career development, union relations, and executive
recruitment. His 25 years of experience cover both domestic and
international HR spectrum of activities. Payne has completed graduate
study courses in Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State
University and obtained his BA in Economics and Labor Relations from
Dr. Julio Peixoto received his Ph.D. in Statistics from
Iowa State University, and is currently Associate Professor in
the Department of Decision and Information Sciences at The
University of Houston. Dr. Peixoto teaches courses in
Statistics, multivariate Statistical Methods, Linear Models
and Design and Development of Experiments. Additional
responsibilities include research, consulting and supervision
of Ph.D. students. He recently completed consulting
engagements involving statistical analysis for the
Inter-American Development Bank, Practical Tank Management,
Gelb Consulting Group, Inc. and the Ministry of Economy and
Finance in Uruguay. His articles have appeared in the Journal
of the Inter-American Statistical Institute, Communications in
Statistics - Theory and Methods, Journal of Statistical
Planning and Inference and many others. Dr. Peixoto is a
member of the American Statistical Association, Inter-American
Statistical Institute and Institute of Mathematical
David Stoner, Ph.D. specialties include strategic planning,
organizational assessment (to both the Baldridge Criteria and
ISO 9000) and process reengineering in both the manufacturing
and service environments. David is also an Adjunct Professor
of Management with The University of Houston - Clear Lake.
Currently, Dr. Stoner is also Manager, Continuous Improvement,
Lockheed Martin Space Information Systems where he is
corporate point of contact for cost of quality best practices.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, David was Operations Manager
with Schlumberger Well Services where he successfully led a
reengineering project which resulted in cycle-time reduction
from four months to seven days, defect rate reduction from 20%
to less than 2%, and a machine down time reduction by 40%. Dr.
Stoner holds a Ph.D. in Bio-engineering from Purdue University
and MS and BS degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue
University and The University of Oklahoma respectively.
Dr. Sorin Sorescu is an
Associate Professor of Finance in the C.T. Bauer College of Business at
the University of Houston. He has published articles on Capital Market
Efficiency, Options, and Banks and other financial intermediaries in the
Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Journal of Money,
Credit, and Banking. He currently teaches courses in Corporate Finance at
the Undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and Ph.D. levels. Dr. Sorinï¿½s
energetic presentation style makes him a favorite among students and
corporate executives. Besides his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Sorescu
presents regularly in the Universityï¿½s Executive development program and
and conducts Finance Seminars in Shell Oil Companiesï¿½ Business
Leadership Development Program and El Paso Energy.
Dr. Jim Zettel is a licensed clinical psychologist with
more than 20 years of clinical experience. He employs
psychological principles to assist organizations in preparing
for and implementing change. He has helped managers develop a
motivation for change within their organizations, establish
support for change, manage the transition and sustain the
readiness for change. Dr. Zettel has developed an instrument
that measures an organization's readiness to change and
consequently identifies potential problems before managers
attempt to change their organization.
Nancy Tjiawi is a Research Analyst with W J Murray & Associates.
She designs and implements market assessment projects involving
library and on-line research, customer and competitor surveys, and sales
association data. Prior to
joining the firm, she was a Market Research Analyst for Riverway Realty
Investment Corp. where she analyzed land and home sales market for
development plans of new residential projects.
Her research efforts had contributed to three new-prestigious
residential communities in the Greater Houston area.
Her consulting engagements have included market potential analysis
for national homebuilders and energy companies such as Reliant Energy,
Village Builders, and UT Health Science Center-Houston. Tjiawi has a BBA
in Marketing and she is currently completing an MBA in Management
Information Systems at the University of Houston. Her information systems
knowledge includes Management of Information Communications, Systems
Analysis and Design, Database Management Systems, and Interactive Systems.
Nairong Yan is a consulting analyst with W J Murray & Associates
working in the areas of financial modeling and analysis, merger and
acquisition analysis, production process improvements, financial and
economic forecasting, capital budgeting and project evaluation.
Yanï¿½s skills allow him to prepare industry trend forecasts based
on macroeconomic industry and industry specific data.
He has completed engagements in the chemical, petrochemical, energy
and manufacturing industries. Yanï¿½s
computer skills include PC, IBM mainframe and Dec/VAX.
His operating systems and computer language experience includes C,
Fortran, SAS, DOS, Windows 95 and NT, VMS, CMS and UNIX.
Yan earned his Ph.D. in Finance at the University of
Houston, having received his MBA from the University of Alaska and BBA
from Xuzhou University, Xuzhou, China.
Eva Archer-Smith is a senior consultant with over 20 years of corporate and consulting experience. She was Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications for SystemOne Corporation, where she managed an international sales and service team of 300 people.
Recruited by Texas Air in 1986, she doubled the customer base and
created a national identity for the company.
When she left, three years later, EDS purchased 50 percent of
SystemOne for $250 million. Prior to her experience with Texas Air, Eva was a Senior
Public Affairs Specialist for Exxon Company USA, specializing in the
development of public relations programs.
An award-winning video documentary she wrote and produced has been
credited with changing public attitudes toward offshore drilling, leading
to significant changes in federal and state legislation. Her clients
include Exxon, Compaq, Hoechst Celanese, AT&T, Columbia/HCA
Healthcare, McDonaldï¿½s, Kodak, Wal-Mart, Schlumberger,
Bank America and Price Waterhouse.
Dr. David Rubenstein brings over 25 years of business, consulting, and
training experience to his clients. Rubenstein
specializes in understanding fundamental macro and micro economic forces,
the impact of monetary and fiscal policies in both developing and
developed countries, trends impacting economic development, and most
importantly what it means to the business enterprise.
He assists firms in the development of enterprise strategies
including the identification of opportunities resulting from changing
economic conditions as well as risk mitigation strategies in response to
those same changing economic conditions. Rubenstein has consulted for
organizations including shell Oil Company, El Paso Energy, Hines, and the
American Chamber of Commerce. He
is the senior Partner in Rubenstein Partnership investments, an adjunct
professor at the University of Houston where he lectures in the Executive
MBA and Professional MBA programs. He
is a regular contributor to the Houston Business Journal on economic
issues and a television commentator on Weeknight. Rubenstein received his BA degree in Finance and his Ph.D. in
International Business from the University of Texas Austin.