We had the good fortune of connecting with Glenn Murphy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Glenn, how do you think about risk?
Risk is exciting, challenging, motivating. I feel as though, without risk, there’s no reason to pursue a project. I’ve never been a big gambler, except when it comes to business ~ obviously you weigh it up so the advantage ultimately outweighs the risk. I come from a long line of entrepreneurs, I watched my Dad turn a small family electrical business into Australia’s leading home-building company. I’ve often put personal financial security on the backburner if the project is interesting and exciting enough, which is what my Dad did. It’s not about the money, I stopped chasing money decades ago. Now it’s about the project~ turning a business around that’s not working and pointing out risks to new clients, help them wade through them. My career experience can help with that, because risk is nothing to be scared of, it just needs to be assessed and managed properly.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Left school at 16 to launch a culinary career, starting with the Hilton Hotel. I was also heavily involved in the live music industry, wearing many hats: sound engineer, artist management, concert promoter. It was quite a tug of war~ my heart was happy in both careers and frankly I went back and forth for decades. My favorite venues have been the ones where I was able to combine a fantastic restaurant/bar concept with live music~ and I mean, big name acts! In Tucson, a venue called “Backstage” had an innovative menu, but one of our manager’s also hosted “foam parties” on Sunday nights! We hosted the Doobie Brothers on stage, Hootie & The Blowfish and Keith Urban, when KU’s 2nd hit was just starting to play on the radio. I think Backstage was one of the last small bars he played before he became “KEITH URBAN!” But again, that’s because I’d worked with Keith years early, back in Australia. When we owned our beach bar north of Perth, we set up outdoor stages in the beer garden to host some of Australia’s biggest acts: Jimmy Barnes, The Screaming Jets and the Angels. This background has come in handy when clients have questions about hosting music acts or setting up sound systems in their bars.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Love to take visiting friends down to Mexico. If we have some time, Rocky Point is such a great getaway. Favorite food spots range from the Ostionera Restaurante, El Barco along the estuary for freshly shucked oysters and ceviche on the sand to the newer Steakhouse, Garufa’s, near Sandy Beach. If we want a day trip, we’d head to Nogales, part on this side of the border. Folks are so entertained bantering with the shop owners, buying tchochkes and of course, sipping margaritas and eating tacos at La Roca. Other roadtrips include listening to music and eating at Big Nose Kate’s in Tombstone. Around Tucson, we love to hit Whiskey Wednesdays at Union Public House at St. Phillips Plaza. A new Italian restaurant, Locale, on Alvernon is fantastic and for breakfast with a historic twist, the Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress. Hotel Congress is also hosting a lot of live music outdoors on its patio these days. Best sunset options: Gate’s Pass in the Tucson Mountains or the Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain. They have a flute player that sits on a hill and it’s quite spiritual.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely my wife, Sally. When got married in Arizona right at the crest of the GFC, we were building a drive-thru coffee shop in Santa Fe, NM. We also had a beach bar and restaurant north of Perth, Western Australia as well as a swanky neighborhood restaurant and a crazy-busy pasta restaurant that were all under management. We suddenly realized we needed all hands on deck in Australia, and we had to move there within a month. Sally left her news and acting career in Los Angeles and was waiting tables alongside me at our venues, to keep them afloat. It’s important to surround yourself with people who believe in your destiny.
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