Joshua Murphy, Wisconsin Bank & Trust
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Joshua Murphy, vice president commercial banking/treasury mgmt., Wisconsin Bank & Trust.
What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
What I enjoy the most is getting to know people, how they operate their business, and how my solutions can help their business grow. I enjoy creating relationships that are lead with integrity, honesty, and clear communication. The most challenging is reminding myself to trust others and that I am not in control of everything.
Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
My father. Not only is he retired from the Army but he is a business owner, business coach, and mentor to those he comes in contact with. He has taught me to be disciplined, organized, and structured in everything I do. Once of my favorite quotes from him is, “You are not always responsible for each situation, but you are responsible for how you respond to the situation.”
What has been the high point of your career so far?
I would have to say the progression over the last 11 years. I began as a teller in college and have had the opportunity to progress through several banking roles. I have had great leaders who took me under their wing, shared their knowledge and experiences, and played a critical part in my development the last 11 years of banking. I am grateful to those who saw me as part of the team and my potential to grow.
Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
Never stop asking questions. The more you ask, the more you learn. Always be open to learn from those who have a wealth of knowledge and experience; it will only make you better.
What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?
My family thoroughly enjoys the lakes, the running/biking trails, the countless local restaurants, and of course the great golf courses throughout Dane County.
Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?
Most people do not know that I played piano for 14 years! I also had the opportunity to play college basketball for a short time. Both taught me many values that I carry on today: focus, discipline, and consistency will breed success whether it be a hobby, healthy lifestyle, or in our professions.
What are your guilty pleasures?
The only thing that comes to mind would be the several slices of homemade Oreo peanut butter cheesecake that I am able to consume. It’s my favorite dessert that my wife makes and thankfully it is only made on special occasions!
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