E. O'Brien Murray
E. O'Brien Murray is the Co-Founder of the New York Meeting, a Republican consultant who has been involved in political campaigns for more than 25 years, and a veteran real estate profession. Murray co-ran the former Monday Meeting for nine years. He is the Co-Founder of iRepublican, an invitation only social network.
In 2012, Murray was named Republican Campaign Manager of the year by the American Association of Political Consultants for leading the 2011 upset election of Congressman Bob Turner for Anthony Weiner's former Congressional seat. Murray served as the manager and strategist for Senator Simcha Felder in his winning 2012 Boro Park, New York race. A week after winning, Felder, a Democrat, announced he would caucus with the Republicans, thus ensuring the GOP would hold control of the New York State Senate.
Murray served as the Executive Director of the Free Enterprise Fund, a center right fiscal conservative Washington DC think tank, in 2005. He spearheaded Free Enterprise Fund's fight against the death penalty and filed a case in federal court that worked its way up to the United States Supreme Court Case, Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, 561 U. S. (2010). The court held, on a 5-4 vote, that the method through which members Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which supervises compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, are removed violates the United States Constitution's separation of powers. The Supreme Court separated this portion of the Act, while keeping the remainder of the rules imposed by the law intact.
He worked for Rudy Giuliani's first winning race for Mayor and as Deputy Executive Director of the Republican State Committee in 1994 at the time of George Pataki's historic win. He has continued his political work by fundraising for Members of Congress and Senators and as a Bush Maverick in 2004.
For nearly 30 years, Murray has been involved in real estate throughout the United States. He obtained his first real estate license when he was 18, managed real estate while in college and is currently a licensed broker in New York and Florida. Murray has held senior positions in acquisitions, asset management, development and public affairs with leading real estate and hotel/gaming companies, including Wafra Investment Advisory Group (the advisory arm of the Kuwait Social Security System), Hilton Gaming (Caesars), Mirage Resorts (MGM Resorts International), CIT, and ING where he has been responsible for leading property development ventures and acquisitions. He continues to advise organizations on their real estate investments. Murray is a manager of a Florida based real estate fund and brokerage firm as well as investment in a nationwide portfolio of medical office buildings.
He graduated with a Masters in Real Estate from the NYU Schack Institute in 2001 and received the Lamda Alpha Award for Real Estate Economics. While at NYU, he was awarded the Cushman and Wakefield Scholarship, was a graduate assistant for economics and international studies, and served as President of the Real Estate Institute Student Association. Murray served 2 terms as President of alumni at Schack and served on that board for 7 years, where he led the board in raising over $1 million for NYU Schack. He currently serves on the NYUAA Board, where he was the co-chair of the Fundraising Committee and currently sits on the Membership Committee. NYU has awarded Mr. Murray the Bart Lawson Award for Award for Professional Service and Outreach as well as the Alumni Meritorious Service Award.
Murray received a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College. While attending Providence College, Murray was chairman of the Rhode Island College Republicans and worked on campaigns for U.S. Congress and Senator, Governor of Rhode Island, and President George H.W. Bush. While in college, he also enlisted in the infantry in the US Army and then joined Army ROTC. He completed the US Army Airborne School and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. Upon graduation Murray was commissioned a 2LT and branched Air Defense Artillery.
A resident of Manhattan, Murray is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the Army and Navy Country Club and the Army Navy Club. He can be found regularly volunteering at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle Food Pantry.
Murray is regularly quoted in various publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and the New York Daily News. He is a regular panelist on NY1's Consultant Corner and RNN's Richard French Live.
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