Each member of the WorkMerk team was personally selected by John and is an expert in his/her respective field, including project management, technology, customer service, sales, training, onboarding, process engineering and account management.
Most teammates came from industry leading companies like KPMG, Vanguard, Aon and J&J. Many members of the team hold certifications in their fields, including Lean Six Sigma certification.
Members also have affiliations with leading associations such as the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety and the National Safety Council.
Patrick J. Murphy
The Honorable Patrick J. Murphy is America's first Iraq War veteran elected to the U.S.
Congress and later served as the 32nd Under Secretary of the Army until January 2017.
Secretary Murphy is currently the Distinguished Chair of Innovation at the United States
Military Academy at West Point, an ambassador for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring
Our Heroes initiative, a Senior Fellow at the Association of the U.S. Army, a media executive
and on-air talent, and the Executive Chairman of The Workshop Mercantile, a professional
As the Acting Secretary and Under Secretary, he led the management and operation of the
Army—a Fortune 10-sized organization as the Nation's second largest employer of over
1.3 million with a budget of $148 billion. His focus on dynamic business operations and
transforming a more innovative and responsive workforce led to an expansion of the Soldier
for Life initiative, which saved $340M in FY16, and reaching recruitment goals for the first
time in five years with over 130K millennials hired. Secretary Murphy also facilitated unprecedented public-private partnerships generating over $250M in savings, from Major League Baseball to 20th Century Fox. His aggressive and authentic use of social media to tell the Army story helped lead to an 18% growth across all platforms.
As a media executive he founded a production company, Taking the Hill, which creates television film programming, films and digital content.. His current projects include Warriors in Motion (Epix, 2018), Almost Sunrise (PBS, 2017), Thank You For Your Service (Dreamworks/Universal Films, 2017), and a profile in When Trains Collide (PBS, 2017). Previously, Patrick was host and executive producer for Taking The Hill (2011-2015), and The Triumph Games (CBS Sports, 2015-2016). He authored the book Taking the Hill: From Philly to Baghdad to the United States Congress, (Henry Holt, 2008) and has been profiled in Strange History of Don't Ask Don't Tell (HBO, 2012), Taking The Hill (Discovery, 2007), and Patrick Murphy: Born To Lead (PBS, 2004).
The nation's youngest Democratic U.S. congressman from 2007 to 2011, serving the Eighth Congressional District of Pennsylvania, Congressman Murphy served on the Armed Services, Select Intelligence, and Appropriations committees responsible for the $3.4 trillion budget. He authored and co-authored several Veterans initiatives including the 21st Century GI Bill, the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and Hire Our Heroes legislation. After joining the Army at nineteen, he graduated from the Airborne and Air Assault courses, and served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps as a criminal prosecutor and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Following 9/11, he immediately volunteered and served two overseas deployments - Tuzla, Bosnia (2002) and Baghdad, Iraq (2003-2004). While serving in Iraq as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, he led a Brigade Operational Law Team (BOLT) and earned a Bronze Star for his service.
At age 27, Captain Murphy was the youngest professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point teaching constitutional law. He has also taught at the University of Chicago and has lectured at Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy. He is a graduate of King's College Army ROTC Program and the Widener University Commonwealth School of Law, where he currently serves as a Trustee. He and his wife Jenni have two young children, Maggie and Jack, and reside in Pennsylvania.
John is an innovator and operator with over 25 years of leadership, management, and entrepreneurial experience. In 2002, John co-founded The Hub, an innovative “3rd Space” corporate meeting space platform, disrupting the work place with on-demand meeting space and all-inclusive pricing. The Hub was also a socially responsible vanguard as a founding B-Corp member and the United States’ first privately-held green meeting facility.
In 2016, he sold The Hub having led the company as CEO for nearly 15 years. The Hub accommodated over 1.2 million guests, serving nearly 80% of Fortune 500 companies and several long-term relationships with some of the nation’s most prestigious universities.
In 2017, John founded WorkMerk. Built upon the belief that employees are born to adapt in a rapidly changing world, WorkMerk provides consulting and technology solutions that enable organizations to thrive. The company achieves this vision by driving optimization in the workplace utilizing proprietary technology to engage, inform, and reward workers. The company is committed to increasing profitability, reducing costs, and minimizing client risk.
As a United States Army Captain, he led the macro-level logistics of $120mil in assets and deployment of over 3,000 soldiers while deployed to the Middle East. John also served as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 1st Cavalry Division.
At a young age, John founded and directed a 250-volunteer, non-profit serving the severely impoverished and homeless, contributing an astonishing 11,000 volunteer hours – building 27 homes, four shelters, two education centers, and instruction of 40 GED candidates.
He also serves on the Regional American Red Cross Board, Services for the Armed Forces.
John holds a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, with a minor in Mandarin Chinese.