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Erik Murray

Erik Murray

Precision Painting


Personal Information

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School: University of California, Santa Barbara

Major: Business Economics

Years at College Works: 2006 to 2007

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Precision Painting

Title: Owner

Industry: Construction

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

I run the company. In simple terms it's similar to what we did in College Works. I have developed a sustainable business with a constant flow of estimates. We market online, direct mailers, magazines, etc. The only thing I don't do is paint.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

The success of my business. We are now the largest painting company in the Thousand Oaks area. We hit 1.5 million in sales for 2013 and we had 22 full time employees for most of the year.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

It was the foundation for my success. Without it I may not have had the confidence to go into business for myself.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

It's a numbers game!!!!!


What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Commit fully or you will fail. Be confident when dealing with customers, painters or anyone the you encounter during the program.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

After the obvious of getting your license and insurance, it is most important to understand how to sell yourself. Then know your product and trade.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

My first year in Cancun. The entire trip was amazing.

Last words of wisdom

One of the things that all of the CWPers have in common before the internship is that they don't know how to paint. Learn how to paint!!! Read every label in the paint store google, youtube, find books on your trade. It will make you more confident in your estimates and you will provide a higher quality job and over all experience.