Mr. Murphy has over 50 years of experience in the development, operation, and asset management of commercial real estate. He began his career in 1971 as a commercial real estate broker working in a family-owned business where he specialized in leasing. During the mid-1970’s he became a partner with Syracuse, New York based Pioneer Development Company. He became the partner in charge of office leasing and development, and he served on the company’s Executive Committee. During part of his 22-year tenure at Pioneer, Mr. Murphy simultaneously served as the company’s Director of Property Management.
Since 1998, Mr. Murphy has been a principal with Pioneer’s Denver affiliate, Continuum Partners, and for a time served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. As a Project Executive he was also responsible for executive oversight of designated projects, was the Director of Office Leasing and Development, and was a member of the company’s Executive Committee participating in all critical development, operational, financing and disposition strategies. Over his development career Mr. Murphy has been involved at an executive level with projects having a value of approximately $3 billion, and which consist of virtually every commercial real estate product type.
Continuum’s niche is the development of complex mixed-use developments which feature placemaking and sustainability. The projects have ranged in size from $60 million to close to $1Billion.
Mr. Murphy has negotiated countless real estate related documents including JV partnerships, Development Agreements, Reciprocal Easement Agreements, 1031 Exchanges, Purchase and Sale Agreements, Mortgage Loan Agreements and Office/ Retail Leases, among others.
As head of office leasing and development at Pioneer and Continuum, Mr. Murphy has negotiated hundreds of leases representing several million square feet of office and retail space. Those office and retail leases include every form type of lease and several build to suit transactions with fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Murphy is a long-time member of NAIOP, a national commercial real estate organization, and he was awarded the President’s Award from both the Central New York Chapter and Colorado Chapter given for outstanding community service and business integrity making him one of few to receive NAIOP’s highest award from multiple NAIOP Chapters. He was a Board Member of the Colorado Chapter for six years and served as President of the 680-member Colorado Chapter in 2006. Mr. Murphy also served four years as a Board Member with the Business Improvement District of the Downtown Denver Partnership and was Chairman of the Business Improvement District Board in 2004.
Mr. Murphy has been an expert witness, prepared reports, and testified in real estate litigations, and his participation was critical to the successful outcomes. One case involved the actions of an urban renewal agency and developer in an Eminent Domain controversy, a second involved the interpretation of the intent of a group of retail leases; the third an interpretation of Due Diligence materials and responsibilities, the fourth, regarding the potentially illegal transfer in ownership of a multimillion-dollar piece of land.
Mr. Murphy served as a board member at Regis Jesuit High School in Denver and is a lifetime member of the Board of Trustees of Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, NY. He was also a long-time board member of the Make A Wish Foundation of Central New York and was named Man of the Year during his board tenure.
Mr. Murphy was involved with a group of four who participated with Professor David Hutchinson in helping format the original four real estate courses to be offered at The University of Notre Dame. Mr. Murphy was awarded an Honorary Monogram from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 and was appointed by the President and Athletic Director to the Student Athlete Advisory Council at Notre Dame. He has also been a guest speaker in the Business Schools at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Denver in their graduate and undergraduate real estate programs. For the past eight (8) years Mr. Murphy has taught the Graduate Level Real Estate Development Course at Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business.
Mr. Murphy retired from Continuum Partners in December 2023.
Mr. Murphy has a B.S. in Business Administration from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, and he is married with six children and ten grandchildren. Mr. Murphy resides in Denver, Colorado and maintains a home in South Bend, IN.