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SUCCESS STORY Bernie Murphy, senior vice president of business development, is responsible for spearheading Davidson Hotels & Resorts’ efforts in securing third-party management contracts. Here he discusses the importance of being steady and focused. By ASHLEY ATKINS Q . Tell me about what attracted you to Davidson Hotels & Resorts. Bernie Murphy The people. I met some of the senior leadership of Davidson while I was in investment banking and had sold them a hotel in Maryland. You learn a lot about the character of folks involved in a large commercial real estate transaction, and I found the Davidson team meticulous and thoughtful―and they absolutely did what they said they would do, without fail. Fast forward to about 10 years ago, when I elected to leave investment banking. I sought advice from a number of people in the hospitality industry, as I was figuring out what I wanted to do next. When I spoke with Davidson, an opportunity was presented which perfectly matched my skill set and I jumped at it. And I haven’t looked back since. Q . What is the best part of your job? Bernie Murphy Traveling around the country meeting people and trying to put deals together. Actually, the very best part of the job is when a deal comes together and successfully closes. Q . What will you bring to the development team that is unique to your style of leadership? EYES ON THE PRIZE 48 \ HOSPITALITY TRENDZ \ MAY 2018

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