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2014 40 Under 40 Honoree: Ross Murray

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Ross Murray learned the value of setting a good example early in life after his younger brother arrived and copied his every move. When Murray joined the family business, he saw his father and uncle setting the same example in the professional world.

“I saw that they applied the same principles in business that they had taught me throughout my life,” says Murrary, vice president of the more than 100-year-old commercial real estate firm R.B. Murray Co. “Being honest, fair, trustworthy and hardworking are principles that transcend more than just business. These principles are applicable in every facet of life.”

So when Murray’s younger brother joined the company, he once again applied what he’d been taught.

“The best way to teach someone to be a good role model is by conducting oneself with integrity,” Murray says. “I employed the same principles given to me, and I believe watching my brother become successful in life and professionally has been one of the proudest accomplishments because I know the role I played in it.”

In a competitive industry that has struggled in recent years, Murray set a goal of achieving certification in his field in order to set himself apart from his peers. He is now a certified commercial investment member and is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

“In commercial real estate, the most successful brokers are recognized for their expertise by receiving special designations,” Murray says. “One of my proudest accomplishments to date has been the achievement of both the SIOR and CCIM designations, an achievement that is matched in the southwest Missouri area by only my father.

“I received both of those designations by the age of 31.”

Murray has recently brokered the sale of portfolio transactions of more than 550,000 square feet and currently is working on his biggest project to date – marketing mixed-use development endeavor Project 60/65.

Believing part of his professional role includes community involvement, Murray is a board member of the Springfield Workshop Foundation, the fundraising arm of SWI Industrial Solutions Inc., that provides employment for people with disabilities. His involvement began when he volunteered for the foundation’s annual fundraiser.

“It was such an amazing and moving experience that I decided to join the fundraising committee,” Murray says. “I got to see firsthand how important this foundation is for the community. Seeing the positive impact on the lives of such an incredible group of people was truly a humbling experience.”

Being part of a longstanding family business, Murray considers it an honor to continue the tradition.

“That legacy has been created and cared for by generations of my family. That isn’t something you see every day,” he says. “As a Murray and a member of this company, it is my deepest wish to keep that legacy alive.”[[In-content Ad]]

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