Originally from LaGrange, Georgia, John Murphy or “Murph,” as he is affectionately called by friends and colleagues, came to UTC as a walk-on student athlete in football earning a scholarship and lettering all four years.  After briefly attending a tryout camp with the Dallas Cowboys, he was hired by Hospital Corporation of America to help open a new hospital in the Dallas area.  John’s next stop was in Columbus, Georgia, where he helped open the Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital.  After a move to HCA headquarters, and working on a joint venture between The Equitable and HCA, John joined Equitable.  While at Equitable, John worked in Retail Distribution and was involved in creating top sales organizations throughout the country, winning numerous awards in every location.   John became President of the prestigious AXA-Equitable Old Guard, and later helped with the transition of a new AXA CEO while working in AXA’s New York City Headquarters.

After retiring from AXA in 2003, and hearing once more the entrepreneurial call, John started a mortgage company in LaGrange that became one of the area’s top mortgage lenders.  John was invited to rejoin AXA in Atlanta for two years before again focusing on entrepreneurial endeavors, special projects, and on his continued involvement with his favorite charities.  John has worked throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia during his career, and has many interests.  John enjoys spending time with wife Renée, sons Jack and Thomas, and of course his fellow MOCs.

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