People of Hitachi: Connor Murray

People of Hitachi  |  April 29, 2024

At Hitachi Vantara Federal, our people make us great. We recently sat down with Connor Murray, Inside Sales Manager for Hitachi Vantara Federal, for his story, insights and perspectives on his role, the company culture, and what drives his passion for federal technology sales.

What’s your role and day-to-day experience within Hitachi Vantara Federal?

I started as an inside sales representative with Hitachi Vantara Federal and have since grown to become the inside sales manager, leading a team of three. HVF is a team of people from diverse social and professional backgrounds all working towards a goal of succeeding together. My day-to-day centers around collaboration with these individuals across sales, pre-sales, marketing, and operations to scope, on how we can best work to meet our customers’ needs.

How do you recharge or find inspiration outside of work?

Outside my normal work day, I enjoy working with our friends at Women Giving Back – a local nonprofit organization that supports women and children in crisis on a first step to stability by providing quality clothing at no cost. It is always great to see the amount of engagement we get from our team when we have events to support their store operations. Seeing the commitment from other members of our community who regularly sacrifice their personal time to help others in need is always refreshing.

On a more personal note, I enjoy supporting our local DC sports teams, especially the Nationals, and spend a lot of summer days out at the ballpark. Traveling and staying active are other sources of R&R I enjoy.

What advice would you give to someone aspiring to work in federal technology?

Don’t let a lack of experience be a deterrent! All it takes is one opportunity to get you started and jumpstart your learning. Once you get started, be a sponge. Listen more than you speak. Find someone in your field that does their job exceptionally and learn from them. Lastly, leverage and grow your network every chance you get.

Why Hitachi Vantara Federal?

The team spirit here is fantastic. Hitachi Vantara Federal has the advantage of feeling like a small, nimble business while being part of a much larger Hitachi and Hitachi Vantara family.

We exist to serve an important need our customers have, which is to have ready access to their mission-critical data. Every day, we get to come together and better equip our federal customers to make actionable, data-driven decisions in real-time, which is vital to our nation’s strength and security. Operating under that shared purpose leads to a very collaborative and focused team dynamic and makes coming to work every day exciting.