WILLIAM LOUGHRAN A.K.A. “WILL”CHIEF OPERATING OFFICERA Colorado native, Will is from a dedicated family who believes in hard work, leadership and civic involvement. The oldest of three siblings, Will has been honing his leadership skills from a young age. His early experience at Culver Military Academy paved the way for his leadership style and disciplined dedication to his pursuits. At age 17, he was promoted to Captain of his unit, directly responsible for leading 50 cadets. The cadre had identified unique leadership skills in Will and his quick ascension from cadet to captain was the fastest in school history. Will believes leadership is a skill that should constantly be honed and refined – building at every opportunity.
Will selected Evolution Hospitality because he believes companies with a strong, active culture are the most successful. One of his favorite examples is New Belgium Brewing Company because they have demonstrated successful growth with thoughtful stewardship of associates, the brand and a laser focus on sustainability. Will also thinks New Belgium produces some of the most creative marketing today – as well as a great product.
Will’s favorite Guiding Principle is “Make it better than it was before.” A true optimist, Will always challenges conventional thinking and is passionate about improvement. It’s in his DNA. Giving up doesn’t come easy for Will. He has a different perspective on success and feels there is a big difference between achievement and potential. He cares deeply about reaching full potential – whether he’s talking about revenues or people – which also fits nicely with how we think at Evolution Hospitality.
JOHN MURPHY A.K.A. "MURPH"PRESIDENTMurph's a builder. Highly analytical, yet passionately creative, Murph enjoys proactively challenging age-old conventional thinking to improve processes and systems through innovative strategies. Murph also builds incredible human capital with a leadership style that is 50% inspiration and 50% accountability, and a belief that it's equally important to develop the person as a whole, not just as an employee.
Balance is important in every aspect of Murph's life. He balances his obsession with enjoying great food and unique wine with his wife Heidi, with enthusiasm for working out. And results-driven and determined at work, he is equally involved in the lives of his three amazing kids and now triplet grandchildren.
Murph's other passion is leading Evolution Hospitality's talented team, all vulnerable to each other's talents, without ego, without politics. Sarcastic and lighthearted, Murph is also the alpha dog when it comes to office teasing and pranks. "We only tease you if we love you" is Evolution's unwritten mantra, which further proves how much fun the team has doing what they do.
Murph's favorite Guiding Principle is "Focus on what's important, not urgent" because he believes it's essential to only concentrate on what's truly meaningful at work and in every other area of our lives. Or as Murph would say it: "Sometimes you have to drop the fire hose long enough to find and kill the arsonist."