of the month goes to...
Gerry Murak, Murak & Associates, LLC.
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
are the top 3 skills you believe are needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
Determining your passion, people skills and persistence.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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