Company Profile

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.

W J Murray & Associates delivers cost-effective results using a "just-in-time" approach. We come in, achieve our agreed upon goals and assist in establishing business practices and systems to carry forward the improvements.

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:

William J. Murray
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 F. Graham
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.

Elizabeth Anderson-Fletcher
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. Fletcher�s 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.

George W. Grimm
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
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.

Maria Korn
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 and marketing/sales.

Bruce 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.

Edward C. Nathan
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
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. Payne�s 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 Rutgers University.

Julio Peixoto
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 Statistics.

David Stoner
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.

Sorin Sorescu
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. Sorin�s energetic presentation style makes him a favorite among students and corporate executives. Besides his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Sorescu presents regularly in the University�s Executive development program and and conducts Finance Seminars in Shell Oil Companies� Business Leadership Development Program and El Paso Energy.

James Zettel
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
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
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.  Yan�s 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.  Yan�s 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
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, McDonald�s, Kodak, Wal-Mart, Schlumberger, Bank America and Price Waterhouse.

David Rubenstein
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.