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Business inspiration at Stanmore Bay event

Posted at 2:21pm Tuesday 04 Jun, 2019

Murray Thom, described as “a serial entrepreneur with the Midas touch”, will have some interesting tales to tell when he speaks at an event hosted by Business Whangaparaoa.

After leaving school at 15 with no qualifications, Murray went on to become the world's youngest Managing Director of CBS Records. He left the music business to start Personalised Plates, which under his leadership had a turnover of over $30 million per annum.

After selling that business, Murray moved back into the music industry and Thom Music produced albums from artists such as Dave Dobbyn, Margaret Urlich and Rob Guest. Two of his productions featured on the Oprah Winfrey show and his latest creation, The Offering Project, includes some of NZ's top musicians, with proceeds going to the Salvation Army.

Murray says when physical albums went digital he added book publishing to expand his repertoire and had notable successes with The Great NZ Cookbook and The Great NZ Songbook.

Murray has a long-standing connection with Stanmore Bay – his father built a bach in Vipond Road more than 60 years ago and the family still spends holidays there. He also won the Laser Masters World Champs in 2005, representing Manly Sailing Club, where he is still an active member.

Murray's enthusiasm for small businesses is infectious. As an experienced owner of a small business himself, he has plenty to share about opportunities, making the most of your ideas, and growing a brand.

In particular, Murray is keen for teenagers to attend the event, and a student rate is available.

The Business Whangaparaoa event is on Wednesday, June 19 at SportsCave in Stanmore Bay, starting 5.30pm.

Info and tickets: www.businesswhangaparaoa.info

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