Meet the Executive Team
Meet the Team
At Murphy, our promises count the most.
We truly care about the well-being of our employees, and we pledge to empower them in their work and send them home safely each day. By delivering innovative project solutions on time and within budget, we foster enduring client relationships that are built on trust and respect. Most of all, we promise to deliver integrity and professionalism in all we do. As our firm’s leadership team, we embrace these promises every day and make it our job to see that these values flow throughout our organization on a daily basis.
PATRICK J. MURPHY, JR.
President and CEO
Pat is an active community leader as a member of the Young President’s Organization, St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Regional Business Council. Pat and his wife, Laura, believe in giving back to the community, especially as members of United Way’s de Tocqueville Society in both St. Louis and Denver. He is a longtime board member for Chaminade College Preparatory School, his high school alma mater. He also has served as Secretary /Trustee for SSM (St. Mary’s) Health Foundation. Always at the forefront of industry leadership, he helped found the AGC of St. Louis Young Constructors Forum (YCF) and served with the local AGC board. Pat played soccer for Notre Dame. He also has a passion for fishing with his family and favorite captain in Florida. Pat married his high school sweetheart and, together, Laura and Pat have two daughters and a son.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Rob Koester, CPA, is our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. A graduate of Truman State University with a B.S. in Accounting, Rob began his career with Deloitte and joined Murphy Company in 2003. Since then, he has worked diligently to ensure Murphy is always in the soundest of financial positions to tackle multiple large projects and, when necessary, to weather any temporary downturns in the construction market. He oversaw the implementation of accounting Best Practices, leads the HR and IT departments, and led the implementation of Murphy’s ERP system. Understanding that leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art data and communications systems serve at the center of our success, Rob has expanded talent and resources dedicated to these essential areas of our business. Rob is an active community volunteer and serves as chairman of St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Board. Rob and his lovely wife, Christi, have two children, a daughter and son. Rob loves coaching his son’s travel baseball team.
MARK L. BENGARD, P.E.
Senior Vice President, Sales and Pre-Construction
ROBERT N. MATHISEN, P.E.
Senior Vice President, General Manager – Colorado Office
Thomas C. Skaggs
Chief Operating Officer – Missouri Operations
Tom Skaggs, our Chief Operating Officer – Missouri Operations, has been a member of the Murphy team for over 25 years. Tom led safety efforts for Murphy Company for many years, moving into a broader Missouri operations role in 2014. Tom was first introduced to the complexities and importance of world-class safety performance while working in the nuclear weapon division of the U.S. Air Force, where his responsibilities included performing and overseeing maintenance of 150 Minuteman II ICBM’s and their relative Launch Control Facilities. Tom’s leadership and performance of those under his direction earned him the designation of Master Team Chief. He oversaw Murphy’s safety program for two decades, building the company’s training program and establishing an enviable safety record in the industry. He also started and served as general manager, and then, COO of QualSafe Solutions, a subsidiary division of Murphy Company that provides safety related services to owners and other construction companies. Tom is chairman of the National Safety and Health Committee for the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), which represents approximately 2,600 firms. Tom is the proud father of an active third grader and helps coach his son’s Little League football team that recently won their grade’s SuperBowl. He enjoys hunting and fishing, and writing and playing music. He is an accomplished guitarist and has composed over 50 original instrumental pieces.
Christopher M. Carter
Vice President of Service
Excellence Expected. Quality Delivered.
Above all, we understand that our people are our most important asset. They solve problems, push the boundaries and work together to deliver exceptional customer service. Empowered to produce the best outcomes for our customers, our team understands that high standards and quality workmanship are not just ideals we set for ourselves – they are the promises we keep and the very foundation for our success.