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Father’s Day Spotlight: Sam and Sierra Durphy

Father’s Day Spotlight: Sam and Sierra Durphy

When Sierra Durphy joined the company in 2014, she also became part of a legacy of McCormick employees from her family. Her grandfather worked for McCormick before retiring in the 1970s and then her father, Sam Durphy, started his career in the 1980s and is currently a Training Manager II at the Hunt Valley Plant. While they don’t work directly together, since Sierra works as Business Process Analyst at the Flavor Manufacturing Center and her father is in the Plant, the two share memories and an important bond through their work.

Sierra can remember attending annual McCormick events with her family, like the Christmas party, and that her father would smell like spices when he returned from work. Sam shares similar memories of his father. He recalled, the “smell of Cinnamon in his uniforms when he came home from work, and how proud he was to work at McCormick.” Now, Sierra laughs that her car smells the same way!

McCormick is a part of the family’s past as much as it is present in their future. Sierra is currently pursuing her MBA at Loyola University and can apply much of what she learns in the classroom in her daily work. Sam has been with the company for 37 years and continues to learn from his work to propel him to different positions within the business. The two now even share insights from their respective work that continue to drive innovation and speculate what drives stock prices.

As for working together, Sierra jokes that she loves that her dad can buy her lunch every day and Sam loves to watch Sierra play bass in the company band “Sage Against the Machine,” that he started and now manages. Joking aside, when asked about the impact her father has had on her, Sierra shared, “My dad has set such a great example for me when it comes to work ethic and just being a plain old good genuine person. Who he is at work is who he is at home and everywhere else. I consider myself very lucky to have him in my life.”

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!