Michael Murphy was born in Chicago, Illinois and was raised in a small town in Wisconsin. He graduated from Marquette High School, the University of Arizona, and the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. After graduate school, Mr. Murphy joined General Motors Overseas Operations in New York, after which he was assigned to Europe where he resided for five years. He held senior marketing and management positions in Scotland, Eastern Europe, Greece, and West Germany.
Mr. Murphy began his real estate career as a salesman with CBRE (then Coldwell Banker) in its main Los Angeles office. After a successful brokerage career, Mr. Murphy joined a Los Angeles development company as a partner and completed 2,000,000 square feet of technology, garden office, and cultural historical office building renovations.
Murphy Development Company, with Mr. Murphy as its CEO, has master planned or completed over 10,000,000 square feet of corporate industrial and technology buildings over the past 30 years in San Diego. The company’s current projects are the 155-acre, 2,200,000 square feet Siempre Viva Business Park, the 80-acre, 2,000,000 square feet Brown Field Technology Park, and the 55-acre, 1,000,000 SF Scripps Ranch Technology Park.
Mr. Murphy has served on the boards and executive committees of a number of not for profit San Diego institutions, including the Scripps Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Bishop’s School, and the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce.