Kevin Louis MURPHY

July 13, 1962November 9, 2020

Kevin Louis Murphy, a devoted family man and the Managing Partner of Brentwood Capital Advisors, died on Nov. 9 after a courageous 10-year battle with kidney cancer. He was 58.

Born on July 13, 1962, in Ocean City, New Jersey, Kevin was the youngest child of Charles Francis Murphy and Carolyn Boyd Murphy. A 1980 graduate of Ocean City High School, Kevin excelled in academics and athletics. He had a competitive spirit and passion for sports from a young age, playing on the 1979 All-South Jersey All-Star Football Team and later becoming an offensive lineman for the University of Pennsylvania.

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School. Following his graduation, Kevin worked at Wachovia Corporation, where he became a senior vice president and manager of the Capital Markets Group. He later joined SunTrust Equitable Securities, where he became the managing director of the Investment Banking Group.

For more than 20 years, Kevin was a leading presence at Brentwood Capital Advisors, the Nashville-based investment banking firm that he co-founded in 1999 and ran as Managing Partner. By the time of his death, Brentwood Capital Advisors was a premier mergers-and-acquisitions and capital-raising advisory firm for rapidly growing health care, technology and technology-enabled services companies. He was responsible for overseeing countless transactions for his clients, including many of Nashville’s leading companies. Everyone who worked with Kevin knew that he cared as much about their success as they themselves did.

Kevin was a devoted father and husband, a master of witty phrases and aptly descript words, a selfless mentor, an astute businessman and a tough negotiator. Throughout his life, he actively contributed to

the community, coaching baseball, softball, basketball and football. He loved travel, military history and antique firearms.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kim Murphy. In addition to his wife, survivors include his three children, Connor, Aislinn and Bailey Murphy; his brother, Dr. Charles Murphy (Gwen); his sister, Dr. Kim Armstrong (Scott); his nephews, Andrew Murphy and John R. Armstrong; and his nieces, Laura Murphy Mittelman (Max) and Samantha Armstrong.

His life will be honored in a private ceremony at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brentwood on Saturday, Dec. 5. In lieu of sending flowers, please donate to Operation Stand Down Tennessee and UPenn


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Paul Johnson

November 17, 2020

Dear Kim and Family,
I am very sorry to learn of Kevin’s passing. Kevin was a great person in so many ways. He was intelligent, kind, witty and wise and a man of high character. He was a person whom you could trust with sound judgement and perspective, often with a twist of terrific sarcasm thrown in. It was obvious to all how much he loved you and his family. I thoroughly enjoyed our times together golfing and at club- neighborhood socials. May God bless you all with His love, grace and peace. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.
Paul Johnson

Stephanie Smee Zimmerman

November 17, 2020

This news breaks my heart. I was fortunate to work with Kevin at Equitable Securities back in the 1990s as one of the executive assistants in the Investment Banking Group. Kevin made the room brighter when he was in it and always made you feel like a valued part of the team. I lost touch with him after leaving the company, but he is one of the first people I think of when I think of that time in my life. You and your family are in my thoughts...and I hope knowing that his life left an imprint on so many gives you comfort...

Steve McGrew

November 16, 2020

Kevin was a good man. An honest man. A passionate man that was straight forward with people he worked with. Condolences to his family and his friends.

Ann Watkins

November 15, 2020

Kim, very sorry to hear this news. Such a meaningful, full life he lived during his much too short time.

I worked with Kevin and Kim way back when they were both newbies at Wachovia. Kevin was the smart, brash whippersnapper; Kim the smart, quiet one. I saw them fall in love and become, from what some initially thought as a unlikely couple, a couple meant to be.

I sat in a cube row with Kevin for a bit, albeit at opposite ends but even so, as others have said, marveled at his rhetoric. His grasp of corporate banking, the business world and the economy was so deep. He worked hard and made everyone working with him better.

Prayers and thoughts and love.

Mike Mullaney

November 15, 2020

I was fortunate to have met Kevin on the ball fields with our sons. We both coached and coached together for several terrific years. Days when we could all be kids for a few hours a week. Many laughs, jokes, and great moments would bond us with our boys and other parents and young men. Just guys. All of us. And great memories.

Richard Miller

November 15, 2020

Dear Kim,
So very sorry to learn of Kevin's passing. We haven't been in touch for a long time, but just his picture brings an immediate smile and fond memories of his amazing intellect, cutting wit, and wonderful warmth. I always felt that you completed him, and I'm sure that his legacy will continue to shine through you and your family.
Richard Miller

Rob Gurnee

November 15, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. Please accept my condolences. While it’s been 3 decades since we worked together in our small office in NY, I fondly remember Kevin’s wit, intelligence and business smarts. My heart goes out to you and your family, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rob Gurnee

Dawn Pribek

November 15, 2020

I've known Kevin since I was 6 years old. I went to St. Augustine's School and OCHS with him. He was always smiling and one of the nicest people I ever knew. Praying for him family and friends.

Will Acree

November 13, 2020

Murphy Family -

I am so sorry about your loss. Kevin was one of the most stubbornly loyal and hardworking men I have ever met.

I will never forget one of my earliest conversations with him. He had called me to do a reference check on someone applying to Brentwood Capital. I assumed it would be the typical “routine 15 minute reference call” but I was way off. He kept me on the phone for 3 hours to talk about the candidate. He cared so deeply about the “Brentwood Capital family” and their clients...and he wasn’t going to leave anything to chance.

I always felt that you could tell if Kevin liked whether or not he gave you a hard time. If he gave you constant grief...then you were “in”. Of course, at first, I didn’t know this and just assumed he didn’t think too highly of me. But...after my twin girls were born...he was one of the first people to call me. He said “welcome to one of the greatest and most exclusive clubs in the world”. He then proceeded to tell me story after story of his twin girls and how excited he was for us. typical Murphy fashion, he ended the call with “...but I’m pretty sure you will mess it up.”

I knew then who he was...a proud father and loyal friend...who just didn’t have much patience for nonsense.

Catching his grief was a blessing. I will certainly miss it and miss him. I will be praying for your family.

- Will Acree

(P.s. I’m confident that Murphy is making fun of “West Tennessee” grammar as he reads this).

Joe Altman

November 12, 2020

To the Murphy family:

This is some of the saddest news I've heard in a crummy year.

I was fortunate to have worked for Kevin right out of college, arriving as a rookie investment banking analyst at Equitable Securities in 1997.

Kevin was always a class act and treated his junior underlings with respect and patience. He was a great teacher and was appreciated by all for his lightsaber wit. My fellow cubicle dwellers loved being stationed outside his office just to hear his great retorts while negotiating transactions.

(We also appreciated that you tolerated us all playing full court hoops with Kevin at the house on weekends.)

When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground. While Kevin left us all too soon, I can assure you his library of great deal stories and one liners will live on in the many colleagues and friends he positively influenced.

My sincerest condolences.

-- Joe Altman


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