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Last month, we launched our new series “7 questions with…” Every month, we’ll be shining the spotlight on one our star team members at Little Soya, giving you the chance to get to know them a little better.
Today, we’re talking to the main man himself, Gary Murphy – the Founder, President, and CEO of Little Soya. Or as we like to call him around here, The Soy King. Gary founded Little Soya back in 2009 when the luxurious Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas challenged his old china sourcing company Arisa Global to find them little fish-shaped soy sauce packets. Inspired by his mom’s recommendation to capitalize on the popularity of the unique fish-shaped soy sauce packets, he started Little Soya, and the rest is history.
So, without further ado, here are 7 Questions with Gary Murphy!
What do you do here at Little Soya?
Well, officially I’m the Founder, President & CEO. But when friends and those close to me ask what I do, I generally say, I sell soy sauce. And when friends ask “How’s it going?” My standard, but very true answer is, “Still slangin’ the soy.” At its core, my job and my passion is to build and create the best tasting gluten free soy sauce on this planet.
What 3 words would use to describe yourself?
Dedicated. Sincere. Determined.
What do you like to do in your free time?
You want the short version? OK, how exciting is this, I call it “Letting my brain rest.” That means doing nothing. Well, that could be going to watch an independent film at Houston’s River Oaks Theatre or Sundance downtown, or it could be just watching a comedy movie with my beautiful sister Gena on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Often, it’s truly just spending time with family. I call it, Family First.
Do you have any special talents?
Umm… I can make a pretty good dinosaur walk out of my double jointed fingers. Oh you mean, real talents? Uh, let me think. The pressure the pressure [if you can guess what movie that quote is from, send your answer to Ericka@LittleProductsCo.com to win a free pack of Little Soya and a kiss from Crystal]. Where were we? Oh yeah, back to talents. I’m a people person. I have the ability to connect with anyone, be it a bike courier, entry level mail room guy, heavy metal rocker, male, female, young, old, up to the Chairman and CEO of the largest Fortune 500 company in the world.
What is something interesting that your co-workers don’t know about you?
I saved a sea turtle from near death on my last trip to Tulum, Mexico. He was trapped for hours about 100 yards from the ocean. Me, a hotel security guard and a server at the restaurant each spent about an hour together, one on each side of this massive 200lb turtle, helping him, inch by inch, free himself from a hole. Then we watched him slowly but surely waddle back into the ocean. Oh, and I was also a licensed Private Investigator in my other life for about 9 years.
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever tried Little Soya on?
I tried Little Soya in my cereal once… on ice cream [hey that was good]… in my beer a time or two!
What is your favorite thing to put Little Soya on?
Okay, don’t laugh, pizza! Really it just changes the flavor of any pizza slice instantly. I also love to put it on pasta, and probably my all-time favorite is to marinate any kind of beef for an hour or two before cooking. Lather those babies up and cook! Then coat each side once during cooking, and add a dash or two when it’s done!
Thanks so much for your time, Gary! Don’t forget to connect with Gary on Facebook and on Twitter @GaryKnows!