Habits: Karen Murphy O’Brien

Murphy O'Brien PR chairman and CEO Karen Murphy O'Brien discusses Frank Sinatra, the return of 24, and her ideal day off.

Morning ritual
It begins with a 6am double latte that my husband and partner of 25 years, Brett O’Brien, makes for me. Then it is breakfast for my 15- and 11-year-old boys and whisking them off to school.

Biggest surprise on your iPhone/iPod
Either a text from my ninth-grade son showing an A on his trigonometry or history test or a new EDM or hip hop song he has created and uploaded to iTunes or SoundCloud.

Required reading
I love the texture of newspapers. We receive four to our home daily – The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. My husband and I split up the reading.

Guilty TV pleasure
Now that Breaking Bad is over, I am excited at the return of 24: Live Another Day.

First PR job
I was the assistant to the PR director for Hyatt Regency Maui and, after working about six months with barely a day off, I slid into her job when she moved to Oahu.

It was there I met many of the travel and entertainment journalists that have become my life-long friends.

Best career advice
It was from my mother who said, "Always do what you say you are going to do." That helped land me the most dependable award in my high school senior class. I have carried that mantra throughout 25 years in business.

Most regrettable career moment
I was an SVP for an entertainment PR ?rm. My boss called to say he was having dinner with our client, Frank Sinatra, in Las Vegas and to fly over if I wanted to meet him.

I had a press event for an-other client that evening and I chose to "do the right thing" by staying. As a result, I never got to meet Sinatra.

Ideal day off
Since I have logged so many miles already in 2014, it would consist of staying home with my husband, two boys, and our dog, Ivory.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
The two Chinese lions that have been perched on my desk since 1991. They ward off any negative energy that might enter my space.

Also, we moved offices, so I now have a view of Santa Monica Beach to downtown Los Angeles. That keeps the creative juices flowing. 

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