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.
Murray’s latest production is the Offering project which was launched in May 2019. Offering is best described as “the artists of our time presenting the music of all time” with all proceeds going to The Salvation Army. It is an inspired blending of the arts.
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.
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