Business and Partner Bios

Ahern, Murphy & Associates
“Agency of Change”

With offices in Cazenovia and North Syracuse, Ahern, Murphy & Associates is recognized as one of the premier Leadership and Organizational Development firms. As the “Agency of Change” they focus on working with clients to maximize their performance by implementing client tailored award winning programs and processes that quickly allow clients to become more successful in meeting their personal, professional, and organizational objectives.

The scope of services provided by Ahern, Murphy & Associates are diverse and range from Leadership Development to High Performance Team Building to Strategic Performance Planning. The firm has successfully facilitated engagements with firms in the Banking, Health Care, Education, Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, Engineering, Architectural, Construction, Law, Computer, Communication Technology, Retail, Real Estate Development, Energy and Distribution industries. In the not-for-profit arena assignments have been successfully completed for Hospitals, School Districts, Collegiate Athletics, Military, Academia, Churches and Charitable Organizations that service the less fortunate of our communities.

This dynamic organization was formed in 1998 by Tim Ahern and Bart Murphy. The biographies for the two principals are outlined below:


Timothy P. Ahern
4448 East Lake Road
Cazenovia, New York 13035
(315) 655-2296 (Office)   (315) 655-5938 (Fax)

Tim Ahern is a Principal and Founder of Ahern, Murphy & Associates. Tim is the Past Chairman of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Syracuse University Football Letterman’s Club, Past Chairman of Beacon Federal Bank, Board Member of Byrne Dairy and The Fulton Group and a former trustee at Cazenovia College. He has been recognized for his accomplishments as a Syracuse University Letter Winner of Distinction, The Business Journal of Central New York Top Leadership and Management Development Consultants Award, The Papal Benemerenti Medal, The Cazenovia Fire Department 2011 Firefighter of the Year, 2012 EMS Provider of the Year, and a recipient of the House of Providence Bishop’s Medallion.

Tim grew up on a muck-farm in North Syracuse where he achieved athletic and academic success resulting in a Football scholarship to Syracuse University. He graduated in 1978 cum laude with a BS in Accounting and began his business career with Price Waterhouse where he became a CPA.

He left the accounting firm in 1982 to join one of his clients Oneida Limited where he became one of the youngest Vice Presidents in the history of the Company.

After Oneida, Tim was recruited in 1986 to join the Pyramid Companies. During his years at Pyramid the firm became the largest and most successful shopping center developer in the Northeast. The positions held by Tim included Leasing Partner, Vice President of Leasing, Vice President of Recapitalization and Chief Operating Officer. He retired as a Partner and Senior Executive in 1998 to his own Company.

Tim resides in Cazenovia with his wife Carolyn. They have three children: Devan, Lindsey and Tyler.  (Professional Experience Resumé)


Bartholomew O'Neill Murphy II
5306 Bear Road
North Syracuse, New York 13212
(315) 458-0450 (Office)   (315) 458-0413 (Fax)  (315) 243-2432 Cell

Bart Murphy is a Principal and Co-founder of Ahern, Murphy & Associates. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1994 after serving 20 years. He was a combat decorated F-16 instructor fighter pilot and was credited with 52 F-16 Air to Air and Air to Ground combat missions during the Persian Gulf War.

As a result of his combat duty, Mr. Murphy was awarded one of the Air Forces highest decorations for heroism, the Distinguished Flying Cross. He also was awarded 5 Air Medals, the Aerial Achievement Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation for Valor, the Meritorious Service medal, and the Southeast Asia Combat Service Medal. He has logged over 2500 hours in single-seat Fighter aircraft as an Instructor, an Evaluator and as a Functional Test pilot in both F-16 and A-10 aircraft.

After the military, and prior to joining with Tim Ahern in Ahern, Murphy & Associates, Mr. Murphy was a senior executive with Coyne Textile Services.

Mr. Murphy is a graduate of the University of Missouri, and from the Executive Management Institute of the University of Maryland. He is also a graduate of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College and the Academy of Military Science.

Mr. Murphy has been an adjunct professor of Organizational Leadership at Syracuse University and University College since 2004.

In 2012 Mr. Murphy received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from the North Syracuse Education Foundation and in 2010, Mr. Murphy received the Syracuse University Excellence in Teaching Award.

In 2006 was honored from the Vatican by Pope Benedict XVI with the Benemerenti Medal for his work in the field of education, and was also honored as the Veteran of the Year by the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasons.

In 2005, Mr. Murphy was named the Businessman of the Year by the Business Advisory Council in Washington D.C.  He is also a multiple recipient of the Business Journal of Central New York Top Leadership and Management Development Consultants Award.

Mr. Murphy lives in North Syracuse and has a son, Bart III, who is a Combat Medic in the United States Army.  (Professional Experience Resumé)


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