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About JGM Company

Management and Staff Biographies

JAMES G MURPHY (1929 - 2012)

James G. Murphy was one of the most renowned auctioneers in the Pacific Northwest. His unique talent and business acumen helped grow a small auction company into a national auction powerhouse. Since holding its first consignment auction in September 1970, the James G. Murphy Co. has grown to be one of the largest commercial/industrial auction companies in the United States. It even helped liquidate real estate holdings throughout the country during the S&L crisis of the 1980s and 1990s. Yet the James G Murphy Co. remains family owned and community oriented, a testament to the core beliefs of its founder.

James G. Murphy was past president of the 6,000-member National Auctioneers Association and an inductee to the Auctioneer Hall of Fame.


Julie has managed the James G. Murphy Co.’s real estate auction division for over 20 years. During that time she has managed the auction sale for countless properties, from million-dollar mansions to a Tacoma waterfront sawmill. Julie’s accounting background and real estate experience give her unique insight when dealing with banks, estates, bankruptcy trustees, U.S. Government, private companies, individuals and real estate developers.

Julie joined the James G. Murphy Co. in 1985, and has been a licensed real estate professional since 1988. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree from DePaul University.


Tim has been conducting real estate auctions for over 20 years, and manages a crew with over 50 years combined experience. He has worked with everything from residential properties to a cold storage plant and multiple orchard properties scattered across Washington State. Under Tim’s leadership the James G. Murphy Co. conducts well over 100 auctions a year.

Tim joined the James G. Murphy Co in 1982 to help further develop the company’s already impressive leadership position in the industry. He is a member of the National Auctioneers Association and a member, as well as an award-winning instructor, of the Certified Auctioneers Institute.