Dolan & Murphy is ‘commercial first’


Dolan & Murphy Inc., an Aurora-based commercial, industrial, land and investment real estate brokerage firm, is closing in on their its decade of service to the Fox Valley.

The family firm has built its success on some basic fundamental keys: hard work, honesty and integrity. Daniel D. Dolan, president and founder, with partner James O. Murphy, saw a need more than 48 years ago for specializing in commercial real estate and for several years pioneered in the Fox River Valley, building a successful reputation with these keys as the foundation.

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With the passing of Murphy, Dolan continued the tradition and, with sons Daniel T., Brian and Ryan Dolan, expanded in scope and geography. Daniel T. has branched out into development and Brian runs the brokerage division as well as partnering with brother, Dan in property management. Ryan has followed in father Dan’s footsteps, specializing in land and partnership formation.

In the past few years Dolan & Murphy has brought on a great core group of young and talented agents. Daniel J. Dolan in 2006 brought in the third generation of Dolans to the firm and is involved in the sale of large land tracts as well as development sites and commercial/industrial properties. in 2012 , John Daniel Dolan, added to the third generation Dolans as he began his career as the newest Broker in the firm, he will specialize in commercial/industrial land sites as well as improved properties and farm/development land sites.

Wendy Brennan, while raising two children, is working part-time as technical support as well as being a licensed agent. On the technical support side, Dana Peterson has been director of technical support for more than 20 years and serves as executive secretary. Ruth Jenkins heads up the Dolan & Murphy Management Division, currently in charge of close to a million square feet of commercial and industrial properties. Cheryl Kessler, joined Dolan & Murphy in 2005 as executive assistant to the sales team as well as Management Department.

After four years of difficult times in the Real Estate industry, Dolan & Murphy Inc. senses a positive turn in the market as interest has picked up in most phases of their business. The opportunity is great as the values of property has bottomed out and the price of financing is still historically low, creating great opportunities for investors and users of commercial real estate.

To learn more about Dolan & Murphy Inc., 765 Orchard Ave., Aurora, call (630) 801-8800 or visit

— Provided by Dolan & Murphy Inc.