Murray Thom left school at 15 with no qualifications. By the age of 23 he was Managing Director of CBS Records New Zealand, the youngest Managing Director of that group in the world. With a strong desire to be self-employed he left the corporate life 30 years ago to “have a go” on his own.
Murray is a high energy, positive and dynamic motivational speaker who will leave your people energized and with a memorable and compelling desire to achieve more, live life to the fullest and never give up. He is charming and funny and his stories of success both locally and internationally are shared from a genuine desire to help others achieve success.
2019 saw Murray launch two huge projects; his best-selling memoir Eat, Drink & Be Murray which was released in November 2019 and The Offering Project, released in May 2019 - best described as “the artists of our time presenting the music of all time” with all proceeds going to The Salvation Army.
Murray’s boutique music company, Thom Music, has enjoyed great success on the international front, he was Executive Producer on Celine Dion’s Miracle album and two of his productions - Miracle and Together - have both featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Other creations include The Great New Zealand Songbook, The Great Australian Songbook and a commission from the Dean Martin Estate in the US to produce an iconic production Cool Then, Cool Now specifically for them.
With the record business changing more than most in the last decade, Murray changed tack, left the recording industry and steered his business in a new direction, applying the successful principles from the music business to cookbooks. This resulted in Murray releasing The Great New Zealand Cookbook in 2014 featuring 80 of New Zealand’s finest cooks, chefs and bakers. It was on the NZ Bestsellers List for 100 consecutive weeks with 10 weeks at #1. In 2015 The Great New Zealand Cookbook was named the category winner for ‘Best Easy Recipes’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Following this successful format, Murray released The Great Australian Cookbook in October 2015, the bestselling The Great New Zealand Baking Book in March 2016 and The Great New Zealand Birthday Cake Book in September 2016. His publishing partners have also released The Great South African Cookbook, The Really Quite Good British Cookbook, and currently the team is working on The Great American Cookbook.
Murray was named one of New Zealand’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Decade by NZ Business magazine. His other passion is sailing, winning the 2005 World Laser Masters Championship in Brazil and in 2017 won silver at the World Masters Games in New Zealand.
We loved Murray - what a truly lovely man and such a charismatic & entertaining speaker! The audience and staff loved him! Murray was an engaging and charismatic speaker - humorous, entertai ... keep readingning & inspirational! And what a lovely man to work with too... He's humble and so bubbly! We thoroughly enjoyed having Murray as part of our event. He worked to our brief well and the audience has already provided positive feedback about his messages. Datamine Limited
Murray Thom is the energy drink of speakers - delivering an interesting, energetic and relevant speech.
Murray was full of energy and well received by our audience. It was fantastic that he did give aways! He has a great story, very humorous. People enjoyed watching his video clips.
Murray was incredibly well received by all and in our post event survey he attained late 8.8 as a rating from our 80 attendees. He absolutely wow’d everyone.
Murray spoke to an audience of around 100 Vodafone people leaders last week and he was outstanding. From the moment he arrived to the moment he left he had every member of the audience completely engaged...and like all great performers Murray finished with people wanting more. His energy and passion were truly infectious and the personal stories he told throughout his presentation not only made us all laugh but importantly made us all think. I look forward to the day we welcome Murray back to Vodafone.
We recently invited Murray Thom to present at an internal event for 250 of our people leaders, in our feedback we asked people to rate the 7 sessions throughout the day, and Murray came out top as the most popular. He was briefed to make the content relevant, lively, engaging - and to stick to a tight timescale, all of which were delivered in spades. Definitely a highlight of the event.
Murray Thom spoke to over 400 of our team at our recent conference. There was hardly any movement in the room as Murray held us captivated and entranced. Murray exudes energy and a zest for life that is contagious. Without doubt, rated as our top speaker across the 3 days, Murray left each person with a memorable and compelling desire to achieve more, live life to its fullest, and never give up. Charming and funny, Murray tells his story with a genuine desire to share his inspiration and help others achieve success. He tailored his experiences and insights to match the audience which was greatly appreciated and impactful. We've been so pleased with the response to Murray that we've invited him to speak to more of our team.
We have had nothing but positive feedback regarding Murray's presentation and the messages he conveyed to our delegates. We were impressed by his high energy, amusing and positive approach to telling his story and we’re sure that our attendees came away with a number of gems to apply to their business in the future.
If you want a guest speaker who engages and inspires your people, look no further than Murray Thom. His stories are incredibly entertaining as Murray takes you on an amazing journey. Bravo Murray, you are worthy of that standing ovation!
It’s so great to hear stories from Kiwis reaching major success not only in local markets but internationally. If you truly want an inspiring, creative entrepreneur who won’t bore the crowd whilst gaining respect from the most conservative and successful people, Murray Thom is your man.