We recently spoke with Gene Murray to learn more about his new role as Vice President of Sales at Braun Intertec. We asked Gene about his background, what his favorite part of his role is, and what he feels makes Braun Intertec unique.
What is your current role at Braun Intertec?
I am the Vice President of Sales, so my team is responsible for bringing in new clients to the company.
What is your professional background?
I received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Earth Science from the University of South Dakota. I’ve also received a master’s degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Nebraska, and a master’s in Marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas. I’m a licensed Geologist in Texas, Louisiana and Nebraska. I’ve conducted environmental projects for a large portion of my career, and eventually became more invested in the business side of the world.
Several years ago, when I was Managing Partner at W&M Environmental Group (now a division of Braun Intertec), I got really interested in the changing demographics of our clients since many management roles were now being filled by Gen Xers and Millennials. We realized that the way they bought things and did business was much different than previous generations. So, for awhile now, our team has focused intensely on digital marketing and lead generation to better drive sales. Now that we have joined up with Braun Intertec, it’s been exciting to see how W&M’s lead-generation processes have integrated with the digital marketing efforts already in place at Braun Intertec.
What is your favorite aspect of your role or the most rewarding part of what you do at Braun Intertec?
I enjoy connecting new clients and project work with our technical staff. It’s always an adrenaline boost when we get a project from someone we’ve never heard of. And to then see that work take off and new relationships flourish between our clients and our staff, that’s what makes it so rewarding. We’ve had all sorts of projects come in: whether its working with aerospace companies or large shipping companies, it’s exciting to know that our team gets to work on such interesting and unique projects.
What is your favorite thing about working at Braun Intertec? What do you feel makes it unique?
When W&M was searching for companies to join with, the fact that Braun was employee-owned was a big factor. I had worked for an ESOP before and felt that was the best structure for our employees going forward. That right there makes Braun Intertec different than most other companies – their culture of employee-ownership. Our main concern was making sure that whatever company we paired up with was a good match for our team and our culture.
What should new Braun Intertec employees know about working here? Do you have a piece of advice for someone just entering the profession?
If they are in a technical position, whether they are an engineer, a technician or a scientist, they should work on getting their certifications and licenses. The earlier in your career that you can do that, the better, as it will only set you up for future success.
What are some of your hobbies or things you like to do outside of work?
I live right across the street from our Country Club, so any free time I have I will spend it out there golfing with my wife and friends. If I’m not doing that, then we’ll be at a beach with our daughters and puppy or watching the Cowboys/Mavericks.