Mr. Murphy began his professional career in High Tech software development and sales as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tivoli Systems and Digital Motorworks. He also helped to create and build the Business Process Management software company, Lombardi Software that recently sold to IBM. During this tenure in High Tech, Mr. Murphy also owned and operated a software development and consulting business, Murphy Consulting. He has a B.A. degree in Economics from The University of Texas, Austin.
After nearly 13 years in High Tech, Mr. Murphy began his transition over to the restaurant business and now has over a decade of restaurant operations and franchise experience. He has held operational roles at various quick service, fast casual and full service brands, and has held nearly every position from bussing tables to Area Director, and at one point Mama Fus largest franchisee.
Mr. Murphy made the leap from franchisee to franchisor when he and partners acquired the Mama Fus Asian House brand in 2008 from Raving Brands out of Atlanta, GA. Since moving the headquarters to Austin, TX and improving and redefining the brand through 9 corporate owned and operated stores, Mama Fus is now actively growing its franchise base once again with 19 total stores operating and nearly 70 units in various stages of development.
Mr. Murphy has brought core operational changes to Mama Fus such in-house delivery, Flex Casual dining service (fast casual lunch, full service dinner), and full adoption of technology in all areas of the business from site selection, marketing, mobile apps, consumer ordering and loyalty, social media and staff management. Since acquiring the brand, unit level revenues have increased by 20 percent while startup costs have decreased by 25 percent, and in 2012 Mama Fus was recognized as 13 on the Fastcasual.com Top 100 Movers and Shakers, and was awarded the prestigious NRN Menu Masters, Menu Trendsetter award. Mama Fus focuses on franchising with experienced, multiunit operators and has franchise partners in the system that also currently or have operated brands such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Melting Pot, Wendys, Chilis, McAlisters Deli, Sonic, Egg and I, SmashBurger, and Little Caesars.
Mr. Murphy co founded Murphy Adams Restaurant Group, Inc. with Mark Adams, and is President and CEO of the company and the Mama Fus franchise system. Mama Fus is a recognized contributor to many local schools, churches and youth organizations in the Central Texas area through its 9 year old, CORE fundraising program. Mr. Murphy and his wife Rebecca live in Austin, TX with their two children, Charlie and William. Mr. Murphy spends spare time as a Little League coach and active member of Young Presidents Organization, and enjoys travelling with family, following Longhorn sports, and mountain biking.
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