2021’s Marc Murray Award Nominees

Editor’s Note

Each year, Terakeet celebrates our colleague Marc Murray by peer-nominating 4 individuals who exemplify Marc’s fighting spirit and tenacity. Marc was one of Terakeet’s earliest employees and a beloved member of the team. He passed away in 2011 after having lived with leukemia for over 7 years. 

Out of the four nominees we select every year, one is ultimately chosen for the Marc Murray Award. This year, we thought we would introduce you to all four nominees who deserve recognition for their individual contributions to our company. We wouldn’t be the Terakeet we are today without Marc Murray, and he continues to be a driving force in how we show up for one another, even when times are tough. 

Since 2015, Terakeet has also sponsored the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in order to honor “Our Main Man Marc Murray,” as well as countless others who have died of blood cancer. On a typical year — following an in-office ceremony — our ‘Keeters join hundreds of other Light the Night walkers in downtown Syracuse, holding either white, red, or yellow lanterns. White lanterns represent survivors, red lanterns represent supporters, and gold represents those walking in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

Terakeet employees show their support at the Syracuse Light the Night Walk by holding up red lanterns.
Marc Murray (right) goofing off with Sr. Vice President of Delivery Chris Loman

2021 Marc Murray Award Nominees

This year:

  • 154 total votes cast
  • 60 different people received votes
  • 12 people received four or more votes

Those are some impressive stats! Congratulations to our nominees.

Carley Parsons

Carley is an unstoppable force. She is a source of affirmation, support, and genuine empathy to so many here at Terakeet. It’s no wonder why she’s been nominated for this award two years in a row. Here are some of the words ‘Keeters use to describe the “Queen of Content,” Carley:

  • No one kinder or more compassionate
  • Graceful under pressure
  • “Angelic presence” in all our lives
  • A shining light of positivity and kick-ass executioner
  • A genuinely great person
  • Combined empathy, grace, and dedication makes Carley an exceptional force at TK
  • A true beacon for the team
  • Caring and calm during difficult times
  • Patient, humble and extremely genuine
  • “The best manager I’ve had”
  • Ensures her team feels heard and supported

Brett Butler

Brett is beloved not only for his beard [not pictured below] and his incredible custom zoom backgrounds, but he is also loved for his willingness to always go above and beyond for his teammates. Here are some of the words ‘Keeters use to describe Brett:

  • Emotional intelligence and leadership
  • Offers a personal touch during a tough time
  • First person to come to mind when voting
  • Always calm and collected
  • A leader who wants to see Terakeet become best-in-class and I believe can get us there
  • A determined, caring, teacher
  • Genuine person 
  • Goes out of his way to make sure everything is done right
  • Makes sure everyone is taken care of
  • Always proud to call Brett a friend

Dan Heil

5th-time nominee Dan Heil has been a longtime TKer who is loved for his top-tier dad jokes and his ability to make everyone feel like they are an important part of the team. Here are some words ‘Keeters use to describe Dan:

  • Calm in all scenarios
  • Tackles obstacles head on
  • Never too busy to say hi
  • Passionate, innovative, and an eternal optimist
  • “The most genuine person I’ve ever met”
  • Goes above and beyond
  • Cares so much about the job and the company
  • Energy he brings to work is contagious
  • Goes out of his way to help
  • Friendly, kind, hard-working and reliable
  • Fearless and intelligent leader
  • A great employee and a great person
  • Great mic skills, the face of CFTC, and mind of a million dad jokes

Jordan Arnold

Rumor has it, Jordan Arnold has 27 hours in a day. There’s no other explanation for how she’s able to juggle it all. And, on top of being a pro-juggler, Jordan manages to make everyone feel important. She is beloved by her team and every ‘Keeter she interacts with. Here are some words ‘Keeters used to describe Jordan:

  • Small but mighty
  • Her ability to speak as an expert but also as a human stands out
  • A consistent source of confidence, laughter, and support
  • Chase her for her wit, her creativity and overall zest to always be learning
  • “I think Marc would be honored to have her name on his plaque”
  • Flexible, collaborative and people-first approach to leadership
  • Does it all with grace and ease and a smile on their face
  • A great support
  • Always so positive, keeps us motivated
  • Has taught all of us to take on the “whatever it takes” mentality
  • A fun attitude toward everything she does