Former senior executive from Gannett and AOL to lead company’s global technology organization
3Cinteractive announced the addition of Stephen Murphy as senior vice president of technology. In this role, Murphy will manage 3C’s global technology organization, overseeing the existing technology platform and systems as well as leading the development of new, innovative products that support the critical mobile consumer engagement programs of the company’s clients.
“Stephen’s expertise in developing and taking to market cutting-edge technologies that drive revenue will be key as we continue to grow our company,” said Mike FitzGibbon, 3Cinteractive co-founder and president. “He will help 3C stay ahead of the market by providing the world’s best brands with valuable mobile consumer engagement solutions that meet and exceed their business needs.”
Murphy is an experienced technology and business executive with more than 20 years experience in growing profit through developing products in Online, Mobile and Telecom, both direct to consumer and business-to-business. His passion for innovation and developing revolutionary technology products has led to him being awarded 18 patents. Murphy has also been recognized as a transformational leader who inspires his teams through his collaborative and results oriented management style.
Most recently, Murphy was the vice president of technology and operations at Gannett Digital where he was responsible for the architecture and operations of technology platforms for all digital products. Prior to joining Gannett, Murphy served in a variety of technology leadership positions during his nine years at AOL, finishing as the senior vice president of consumer applications technology. In that role, he was responsible for leading all development and quality assurance teams for AOL’s Consumer Applications including email, Instant Messenger, Mobile, AOL Client, Toolbar and Parent Controls.
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3Cinteractive announced today that Tom Holmes, formerly executive vice president and chief information officer of 3Cinteractive, is leaving to pursue a senior leadership opportunity as CEO of KAparc LLC, a Kayne Anderson portfolio company. Mark Smith, co-founder and current chief operating officer, will serve as acting CIO of the company.
“Over the past three years Tom has leveraged his 20 plus years of technology and innovation experience to make significant contributions to 3C’s competitive position, innovative capabilities and core technology,” said John Duffy, 3Cinteractive founder and CEO. “Tom articulated a cloud-based, customer intimate, data-driven future for 3C and formed and led a powerful innovation team to bring that vision into production. Tom’s imagination, ingenuity and creativity not only launched what has become 3C’s new MuSIC platform, but also re-imagined how 3C could use its technology to solve our client’s most compelling problems. As we continue to deliver game-changing value for our clients competing in a rapidly changing retail marketplace, our new MuSIC platform and our expanded technology capabilities are the natural evolution of 3C’s continued journey to dominate its industry. Tom’s strengths in technology and his ability to inspire innovation was instrumental in driving growth at 3C and will add tremendous value to his new team.”
Added Duffy, “I am pleased to have assisted Tom in his transition to the next level of his career with our partners at Kayne Anderson. Everyone at 3C wishes Tom the very best. His leadership has played a significant role in expanding 3C’s proprietary assets, operating capabilities and innovation methodologies as 3C enters a new era of opportunity for delivering extraordinary value to our many world-class retail clients. We are seeing a tremendous business opportunity as social and mobile begin to fuse into a powerful system and 3C is actively shaping how these once disparate parts come together to fundamentally alter the way consumers and retailers connect.”
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On Thursday, February 27, the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) hosted its monthly meeting. This particular meeting on “How a University Snagged a Presidential Debate” took place at Lynn University in Boca Raton, the location of the final 2012 presidential debate. As co-chair of the South Florida Infotech Development Initiative (SFIDI), I was invited to be a part of the pre-event workshop on “How to Grow Fresh Talent with an Internship Program”. Part of that workshop was also dedicated to a Q&A session featuring two former interns including our own Nicole Marmion who was in last summer’s program.
The pre-event workshop was focused on how to develop best practices around successful internship programs. I had an opportunity to walk through the maturation of our intern program over the last 5 years. We have developed a very successful program that is focused on delivering real value for both the interns and the company. Ultimately, this supports one of the founding principles at 3Cinteractive – “Create a great culture that focuses on the personal and professional development of the team.” Last summer, we had 10 interns in the 3C Boca office. Our interns ranged from high school students to recent college graduates. Over the last several years we have offered 10 full-time positions to our summer interns.
The key to building a successful program is cross-functional support within 3C. Last year we started planning in February for the summer segment. We designed the program with a focus on giving our interns deliverable projects that had actual value. The interns broke into two teams and learned how to use Scrum Agile Methods to manage the projects to successful delivery. In the end, we had a great 2013 summer program validated by our exit surveys of both our interns and employees.
SFIDI is a self-organized group of industry professionals and education partners working to build a strong technology workforce in South Florida. Building relationships between groups like SFTA and SFIDI is an opportunity to develop a vibrant local tech community. Overall, the evening was a huge success capped off by getting commitments from several companies to start intern programs.
About the Author: Mark Smith is responsible for 3Cinteractive’s day-to-day operations in his role as co-founder and chief operating officer. He has an extensive operational and marketing background in both telecommunications and the online payment processing industry.
Last Friday, the office was full of excitement as it was our annual end of the year All Hands Call and Holiday Party. The call provides a time to reflect on all 3C has been fortunate to accomplish throughout the year, review of the agenda for the year ahead and recognize the outstanding work of team members. 3C’s Blue Jacket Award was given to two exceptional employees to honor their hard work, dedication, growth, and team and personal development. This jacket is 3C’s most distinguished internal employee award. Congratulations to our 2013 Blue Jacket award winners- Russ and Alejandro!
Yesterday, a team from 3C spent a day volunteering at Junior Achievement of South Florida. Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization providing a series of business, economics and life-skills programs to enhance the education of young people.
We provided nearly 100 volunteer hours at JA World’s BizTown guiding a group of 5th graders from various elementary schools as they ran storefront simulated businesses. The BizTown program teaches elementary students about their roles as individuals, workers, and consumers in the marketplace and prepares them for economic and workforce issues they will face in the real world. We had a fun time with the kids and look forward to continuing to support such a great organization. Check out pictures of our team at JA on Facebook!
The competition was intense last week during our second annual, office Halloween costume contest. Themes included zombies, outlaw cowboys, eighties workout outfits and the minions from the movie “Despicable Me”. It was tough to decide on the best getups, but everyone had the opportunity to vote for his or her favorite costumes. Duff announced the winners at happy hour and they were awarded some killer prizes. Check out the creative costumes of the winners! For pictures of all the costumes, go to our Facebook Page.
Best Costume Winner: Karolina — Redbox Kiosk
Best Costume Runner Up: Kristine — Zombie Queen
3rd Best Costume: Jenny— Sriracha Sauce Bottle
4th Best Costume: Lina— Oompa Loompa
Best Group Theme: Client Account Managers— Zombies
Lamest Costume: Jordan—Vagabond
We recently hosted 20 students in the Upward Bound program from John I. Leonard and Lake Worth High Schools. Upward Bound is a pre-college preparatory program for youth in the 9th through 12th grades. It is academically designed to challenge high school students to develop the skills, study habits, discipline and necessary attitude/motivation required to succeed at a post-secondary institution.
After a tour of our office, the students ate breakfast and had a lively Q&A discussion with a panel of 3C employees including our co-founder and COO Mark Smith and several team members who started their careers as 3C interns. The student’s questions ranged from, “What are the biggest challenges faced when starting a business?” to “What qualities does 3C look for in intern candidates?”
The purpose of the visit was to provide the students with some insights and actionable advice as they prepare for college and begin to think about their professional futures. They were an inspiring group of young people and we really enjoyed having them. Best of luck in college, guys!
Check out pictures from the meeting on the 3C Facebook page! And, stay tuned for more information on our 2014 Summer Internship Program.