20-40 Visionaries — Young Turks Set the Pace
“I became interested in the industry from a young age as I watched my father and uncle work very hard to grow the company and build for the future,” Murphy says. “Growing up, I was fascinated with the equipment and processes. Over the years, I worked with every department and learned about the business from the ground up.”
Working alongside Robert Murphy for 12 years has had its advantages, a period that has witnessed sales burgeon from $40 million to $130 million.
“I am always conscious of the guiding business principles he taught me,” Murphy says of his father. “That the level of service to our customers will determine our success. We cannot expect to grow unless we provide the best service in the industry. He also showed me to lead by example. If you want people to work hard for you, then you must work hard for them. I also learned that you must constantly invest for the future.”
Like his father, Michael Murphy is active within several industry associations and graphic arts organizations. He is a member of the GATF Research and Development committee, a member of the Mailing and Fulfillment Services Association board, chair for the PIA Graphic Arts Information Network (GAIN) committee and a board member of the Hennepin Technical College (HTC) Foundation.
In his spare time, Murphy enjoys racing Sprint Karts, a hobby “that is equally competitive and stressful as the printing industry.” He and wife, Amy, have been married for six years. They have two cats, Tucker and Shaker.
Christopher DeSantis, 38
President, Royal Impressions, New York City
Christopher DeSantis may be a salesman at heart, but it is his head that ushers Royal Impressions to the lead of the technology pack.
The 1987 Muhlenberg College graduate began his professional life as a top sales executive for Harris/3M (now Lanier Worldwide) before co-founding Royal Impressions in 1989.