Ahern, Murphy & Associates


Passion. Experience. Diligence.



With offices in Cazenovia and Buffalo, 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.

Our Team


timothy p. Ahern

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

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 form his own Company. 

Tim resides in Cazenovia with his wife Carolyn. They have three children: Devan, Lindsey and Tyler.

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lindsey a. zajac

Lindsey A. Zajac is an experienced, Human Resources professional and Principal of Ahern, Murphy & Associates, which is the premier leadership and management development firm in Central New York. Ahern Murphy & Associates is recognized as a leading catalyst in the development of Leadership candidates, the creation of high performance teams and a major contributor to superior operating performance of their clients served. Lindsey was most recently employed with PepsiCo as a Senior Human Resources Manager supporting the largest market in the country, Upstate NY. In this role, Lindsey was responsible for providing HR support for 1,100 Union & Non-Union frontline associates and managers across nine locations. Lindsey served as a Strategic Business Partner with the PepsiCo Leadership team in the Upstate NY market. During her five years with PepsiCo, Lindsey gained critical experiences in Employee Relations, Union Contract Negotiations, Change Management, New Leadership Development, Organization Health Surveys and Action Planning, Performance & Talent Management, as well as Training and Development. Lindsey is a proud recipient of PepsiCo’s most prestigious “You Excel” Award as well as multiple “Way to Go” Awards for delivering exceptional results. 

Lindsey grew up in Cazenovia, NY where she excelled in academics, track, and dance.  She graduated cum laude from Providence College in 2005 with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Women’s Studies. Upon graduation, Lindsey moved to New York City to begin her career in Staffing and Recruiting. She worked for a staffing agency on Wall Street specializing in the placement of finance and accounting professionals and then joined a Technology Startup, Next Jump, as an in house recruiter to help the company double in size. 

After a few years working in Manhattan, Lindsey decided to move back to Syracuse, NY to be closer to her family, and began working as a Technical Recruiter at Sensis Corporation. Shortly thereafter she was promoted to an HR Generalist supporting the Operations Dept of over 100 employees. Sensis was later bought out by Saab and Lindsey was responsible for executing a reduction in force. Soon afterwards, Lindsey left the company and began working at Cooper Crouse-Hinds as an HR Generalist. When Cooper was bought out by Eaton Corporation, Lindsey was promoted to an HR site lead in Windsor, CT, where she played a critical role in the integration of the two companies. While working for Eaton, Lindsey was recruited by PepsiCo to work as an HR Manager for the Upstate New York Market. She willingly accepted the position and relocated to Buffalo.

Lindsey resides in Williamsville with her husband (John) and their two children, Delaina and Drew. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys running, concerts, travel, and trying the many restaurants that Buffalo has to offer. 

Bartholomew O'Neill Murphy II

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. Because 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 died on December 11, 2017 after a heroic battle with cancer. His memory and message will live on forever.