BruceOur May Member of the Month is Bruce Lazarus, Chamber Member and Branch Manager for iServe Residential Lending. Born in New York, Bruce began his business career in the apparel industry, leading him to purchase a company in Miami whose success resulted in weekly commutes between New York and Miami for years. From there Bruce began to pursue a different career path as a mortgage lender. Working for companies like Goldman Sachs and the Lehman Brothers Bruce honed his skills as a direct lender with over 20 years of experience. Now working as a direct lender for iService ResidentialLending Bruce helps folks with residential loans. When asked how successful he is in this endeavor he stated, "If I can't figure out how to secure a loan, no one can." 

So, with global finance experience, why settle in Murphy? We can thank a Forbes article "Best Places to Retire" that Bruce read around 2005. Murphy was in the top ten! Of course, for those of us who live here, we understand why. He purchased a vacation home in 2006 and for over ten years "snow-birded" between Murphy and Florida. Last October he made the move, leaving his Florida home of 35 years, to become a permanent fixture in Murphy. 

Always a social and community involved individual Bruce can be found at most Chamber functions. He is also currently working with many of the local real estate offices; assisting with finance options for home buyers and even offering free classes for 1st time home buyers. So if you run into Bruce don't let the accent scare you (he claims he is really from North Murphy) shake his hand and introduce yourself. After all we live in the South, where hospitality is legendary.


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Happy "Chamberversary"

to our April Members 

Your timely renewal made our day!

Clearviews, LLC

RJ & Robbie's Riverfront Vacation Rentals

 Snap-On, Inc.

Valley River Human Society Shelter

Paul Ferdenzi

Jerry Chautin

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