Mur­phy re­tires af­ter 25 years

The Covington News - - Front Page - Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­

Real es­tate agent Gerri Mur­phy is known for her giv­ing attitude, whether it’s the time she de­votes to clients, the friend­ship she gives to her staff or the help and ad­vice she gives to fel­low pro­fes­sion­als.

Mur­phy is re­tir­ing af­ter 25 years in the field, in­clud­ing 20 years as co-owner of Cold­well Banker Gerri Mur­phy Realty on the square. Her staff is hold­ing an open house re­cep­tion for Mur­phy from 12 p. m. to 3 p. m. Thurs­day at the of­fice, 1123 Wash- in­g­ton St.

“ Gerry has had a very big, pos­i­tive im­pact in the Real­tor com­mu­nity and busi­ness com­mu­nity in Cov­ing­ton,” said co-owner Lee Row­ell. “ For a lot of peo­ple who worked here over the years, she’s been kind of like a mother to all of us, a mother who tries to guide us in the right direc­tion.”

She’s known as Mama Gerri around the of­fice, and her long­time sec­re­tary Mela- nie White de­scribed her as a great leader and men­tor.

“ We couldn’t have asked for a more ded­i­cated bro­ker,” White said. “ She’s al­ways had a great pos­i­tive, up­beat attitude. She’s al­ways been more of a friend to all of us than a boss.”

Her friendly na­ture didn’t pre­vent her from be­ing a stick­ler for de­tails, honed dur­ing her years as a piano teacher.

“ She was very par­tic­u­lar. Just as she could hear a sin­gle wrong note played, she had the way with con­tracts. If her agents didn’t do ev­ery-

thing to a “T” she would ques­tion it,” Row­ell said. “That’s good in this in­dus­try, be­cause some­times there’s not a lot of that. She was very pre­cise with con­tracts and con­tract law and ethics.”

Start­ing out with three em­ploy­ees in 1992, Mur­phy and Row­ell have ex­panded to 56 agents and two of­fices, buy­ing out an­other agency in the process.

“It was the en­joy­ment and love of real es­tate that drew her to the field. She was al­ways try­ing to help peo­ple find their dream homes,” Row­ell said.

Mur­phy should have no prob­lem staying ac­tive in re­tire­ment as she and hus­band, Ralph, are al­ways on the go, con­stantly trav­el­ing.

“She’s a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence to all of us at any age, be­cause she keeps us go­ing by staying ac­tive,” Row­ell said.

Mur­phy’s re­tire­ment comes at an ap­pro­pri­ate time, as she’ll cel­e­brate her birth­day Fri­day.



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