Tag Archives: business

Solving Problems, Riding Bikes: Q&A with Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01)

Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01) was never formally trained in wicking fabrics, business best practices, or bicycle engineering; but since its launch in 2005, his company Twin Six has expanded from on-trend cycling apparel to a full line of accessories and gear—most recently, a line of bicycles. In this interview, Carlson shares lessons learned from running a business without a business […]

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Planting Annuals and Pitching Ideas

Veronica Prickel’s (Landscape Architecture) first trip to Como Zoo Park and Conservatory was for an internship interview. Her second was her first day as a member of their horticulture intern team, where she spent the summer expanding her understanding of of landscape design. “I almost wish I’d done an internship earlier!” she said. “I learned so many little things, like […]

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Monday Minute, October 1, 2012: Design and Business

Colleagues,I wanted to take the time this week to bring you all up to speed on some of the conversations the College has had regarding the intersection of design and business.As set forth in our vision, we need to ensure our students fully understand the triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) aspect of their work.  We do an excellent job with the people and planet side, but the profit part probably needs more work. We have talked about this in our leadership discussions over the last year – specifically our retreat this summer – and I look forward to telling you more about this during the college assembly later this week. Over the last week alone, in conversations I and others…

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Murphy Warehouse Company receives 2010 Minnesota Family Business Award

For the second year running, College of Design Dean’s Advisory Board member, Richard Murphy, Jr.‘s (BLA, BED, 1975; MBA, 1986) Murphy Warehouse Company has received a Minnesota Family Business Award. The company is a 2010 Minnesota Family Business Legacy Award recipient. The awards are sponsored by Minnesota Business magazine and Hubler for Business Families.

As a Legacy Award winner, Murphy Warehouse Company was recognized as a multi-generation family business that has thrived and successfully transitioned from one generation to the next based on five criteria: Business success, family involvement in the business, positive family business structure, an active board of directors with outside advisors, and dedication to philanthropy and community service.

“The Murphy family continues to work hard to build a company worthy of future generations, and we remain dedicated partners with our customers and the community,” said Richard Murphy, Jr., Murphy Warehouse president and chief executive in a media release. “We are honored to receive this award and to be in the same company with our fellow nominees.”

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