Entrepreneur of the month goes to...

 

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Gerry Murak, Murak & Associates, LLC.

As one of our most active Alumni,
we would like to honor Gerry Murak as our Entrepreneur of the Month!

We interviewed Gerry to learn more about how he became the successful entrepreneur he is today. Here are some highlights from the interview:

What are the top 3 skills you believe are needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
Determining your passion, people skills and persistence.

What is one of your favorite books that inspired you the most?
Two books: Great Game of Business by Jack Stack and Leadership is an Art by Max DePree.

How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
Entrepreneurship has inspired me to encourage other family members to start their own ventures, including our three grandchildren.

What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
Helping others to achieve more than they ever thought they were capable of doing.

How did you get started in your business?
I have started a variety of businesses since childhood and have started three of the four companies I currently own. Each enterprise has its own story. My consulting practice was started out of my passion to help others exceed their expectations. Precision Scientific Instruments, my high tech venture, grew out of my desire to bring disruptive technology from UB to market by using the talents of my other company SoPark Corporation, which is WNY's largest electronics manufacturing service provider.

What is your favorite quote?
"The greatest secrets in life are no secret at all." Elbert Hubbard - a marketing genius that was co-founder of the Larkin Soap Company and founder of the American Arts and Crafts movement in East Aurora, known today as the Roycroft Campus. Too many startups and businesses over complicate the obvious and chase the "flavor of the month" to get there.

What is one thing people wouldn't know about you?
When I was in high school, I wanted to be a priest until I started dating!

What was the best advice/wisdom you were ever given?
My late father always taught me to leave things better than I find them. His valued life lesson will always drive everything I do.



 

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