Somehow, I do believe my late friend Dave Murray would never have expected a client to grant him the respect and tribute that he is about to receive from Peak 10. After all, he was just doing his job – albeit one that went above expectations.

On Sept. 18, the Charlotte-based data hosting, cloud and IT services firm will dedicate its newly expanded space in Morrisville.

And Peak 10 says the ribbon cutting “will be dedicated” to Murray, who represented Peak 10 for years at his ClearImage marketing and media relations firm in Raleigh.

Here’s how I know the dedication Murray felt:

After WRALTechWire (then known as Local Tech Wire) hosted a networking event at the Morrisville center, I happened to note that visitors could hear jets roaring overhead.

Dave called me immediately.

You can imagine why.

Dave died a year ago – unexpectedly and much too young.

He is missed.

I hope to see you at the event. Dave had many friends who will probably pack the place – perhaps even competitors. He fought for his clients, fought to win others, and left behind a record that made his co-workers quite proud.

Obviously, Peak 10’s leadership was proud of Dave as well.

The Invitation

Here’s the invite from Peak 10:

“You are invited to attend the Peak 10 Raleigh Dedication and Ribbon Cutting.

“Please join Peak 10 on Wednesday, September 18 at a special ribbon cutting ceremony for our Raleigh data center expansion, which will be dedicated to the late Dave Murray. A long-time friend of Peak 10, Dave was the former president of the Raleigh-based public relations firm, ClearImage.

“Jeff Spalding, the chief operating officer of Peak 10, and Marilyn Finfrock, the vice president of Peak 10’s Raleigh operations, will be on hand along with a select group of area business leaders to commemorate the occasion. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and tours of the expanded facility will be available before and after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.


“4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

“Hors d’oeuvres, Meet and Greet, Tours

“5:30 p.m.

“Dedication and Ribbon Cutting

“Date: 9-18-2013

“Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST

“Where: 5150 McCrimmon Parkway, Suite 423A Morrisville, NC 27560”