Stephen Murray: Gone But Not Forgotten

It is always a sad day when someone with the influence, good-will, and kind nature of Steve Murray passes away. Of course, it is a day of sadness and a day of reflection, without a shadow of a doubt. It really puts things in perspective. Where does one start with someone as gifted and talented as Stephen Murray? He was the the chief executive officer of CCMP Capital Advisors, but sadly had to step down after health problems last month. He was only 52, and gone way too soon. However, Steve Murray’s memory and his accomplishments will not be soon be forgotten by those that were near and dear to them.

He wasn’t just your run-of-the-mill fellow. He was different and in a good way. Last year, their fund went up $3.6 billion on blogs.wsj.com, which shows that he is always on the rise and always looking for ways to make things better. Two words that come to me with Stephen Murray: Never satisfied. Of course, I mean that in the best possible way and as high praise. Too often, people reach some level of success and get comfortable and sit back and take it easy. That was never the case with Steve Murray.

Back in 1984, Steve Murray was hired as credit trainee at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. From there, through hard work and dedication, he become vice president of middle-market lending. After that, in 1989, Murray went to private equity and leveraged-finance unit of Manufacturers Hanover, which helped start CCMP. After three mergers, they were part of JP Morgan in 2000. That is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Steven Murray. I could sit here and tell you more about his accomplishments that were all earned not given, but there is more to a man than his job.

Steve Murray was heavily involved in helping out others and using his wealth for the better good. He was a big charity guy that loved to look out for others. He knows that not everyone is blessed to have money or doors open for them. Sometimes they fall on hardships and hard times. He made it a point to help those people and do all he could for them.