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Brandon Murphy: Making noise in financial world

brandon-murphy.jpgWhen Brandon Murphy ’10, arrived on Winston-Salem State University’s campus from Leland, N.C., in 2006 as a Chancellor’s Scholar, he knew that a career in finance was what he wanted to pursue.

He threw everything he had into that pursuit. He majored in finance and was active in Honors Program activities and in the Office of Career Development Services. He was at the top of his game when he graduated with honors in 2010.

Today Murphy lives in High Point, N.C., with wife Dianna (a former Ram cheerleader) and their three children Adian (7), Micah (4), and Vera (3). He is currently a financial planner with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

“I help clients develop a clear picture of their financial goals, implement a personalized plan, and help them feel confident about their financial future,” he said.

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Murphy spent two years at the Vanguard Group in Charlotte, N.C., as an IRA specialist, helping clients understand the details of the various IRA programs and the characteristics of different funds.

Before that, he accepted a role with a national staffing company as an On-Premise Manager, where he managed 120 contract workers, reported payroll, and filled open requisitions.

He credits his ability to assume the roles he has had in the workplace to his preparation while at WSSU.

“With a great mix of hard and soft skill training, WSSU helped me set myself apart from my peers. I took advantage of every opportunity to make myself a more marketable and productive member of society,” said Murphy. “The family environment at WSSU is something that is felt even when it may not be seen. I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything.”

Murphy plans to continue building his financial planning practice in the Triad, coach his son’s football team, and do some volunteering in his spare time.

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