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Chuck Murphy to receive Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award

By: WAYNE HEILMAN
March 15, 2013
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Chuck Murphy, whose construction company has renovated historic buildings ranging from the Cliff House and Manitou Spa to the Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., will receive the Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award next month from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs College of Business.

Murphy, who also owns transportation company Gray Line Tours and Brookside Assisted Living, started Murphy & Co. in 1960 after deciding while in law school that a career as a lawyer wasn’t for him. He and his wife, Mary Lou, also owned Garden of the Gods Campground for 37 years until selling the 13.3-acre complex in 2006.

Chuck Murphy will receive the award during a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. April 19 at Gallogly Events Center on the UCCS campus that is a fundraising event to support College of Business scholarships.

Murphy said he was surprised to be selected for the award, saying there “are sure a lot of people more deserving than me.” He was selected by a committee that included College of Business officials, alumni, local business and civic leaders and past recipients of the award.

Chuck Murphy is the fifth person to receive the award after former Current executive Gary Loo in 2009, longtime Colorado Springs developer Bruce Shepard in 2010, Woodford Manufacturing Chairman Joe Woodford in 2011 and Add Staff founder Cari Shaffer last year.

Chuck Murphy serves on numerous nonprofit and community boards, including Pikes Peak Hospice, Pikes Peak Mental Health, Silver Key Senior Services, ComCor, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Discover Goodwill, the Downtown Business Improvement District, the Julie Penrose Center, the Pikes Peak Highway Advisory Board, the Downtown Partnership, the Historic Preservation Alliance and several others. He also has supported the Business of Arts Center, the Manitou Springs Arts Council, the Cottonwood Artists School and Art on the Street.

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