About Textbook Painting

Posted on: January 10th, 2013 1 Comment

Textbook Painting is The Student Development Company, LLC. Founded in 2006, by Michael Murray and David Marker, to give students hands-on work experience while providing local homeowners a necessary service. While students at Miami University in Oxford, OH, David and Michael ran painting businesses during the summer to help pay for tuition and textbooks. They realized that they were able to offer affordable prices to homeowners while delivering superior quality by only using top quality products and hiring other clean cut, ambitious students who took a lot of pride in their work and aimed to please.

Today, Textbook Painting operates throughout Ohio and Indiana and continues to grow because of the hard-work and determination of our small full-time staff and the over 100 students we hire each summer. Our headquarters is open year round and is located in Lakewood, OH just outside of Cleveland. We specialize in exterior painting but we also do interior painting in the Cleveland area during the Fall and Winter. We take a lot of pride in every project and we work hard to maintain our good name in the community.

Meet Our Team

Michael Headshot Michael Murray – President

Michael graduated from St. Edward High School in 2002 and then from Miami University in 2006 with a degree in Political Science and Business Management. He lives in the Cleveland suburb of Avon Lake with his wife, Jessica, (Miami Merger) and their two year old daughter, Delaney, and four year old golden retriever, Oxford (see below). Michael first started painting in high school for a summer job. While at Miami he spent his summers overseeing painting crews and even spent a semester working at a Sherwin-Williams store. Michael is an avid Cleveland sports fan and he and his family are proud to be members of Bay Presbyterian Church.

DAVID MARKER David Marker – Vice President

David is originally from the Dayton, OH area graduating from Twin Valley South High School (West Alexandria, OH) in 2004. After high school, David earned his degree in Business Management from Miami University (class of 2008). He currently lives in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland where he is able to take advantage of the many nearby parks and restaurants. You’re most likely to find David at Edgewater Park or Whiskey Island playing sand volleyball or riding his bike through downtown. David is also a licensed Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams.

Natalie Headshot Natalie Butts – Financial Administrator

Natalie grew up in the Cleveland suburb of Independence and graduated from Independence High School. She has lived in a few different parts of the country including Charlotte, NC and Ekalaka, MT (population 332). After high school, Natalie earned her degree in Accounting through University of Phoenix. She now lives in the Cleveland suburb of North Olmsted with her husband Adam. She enjoys spending time outdoors tending her backyard garden and loves to try new food… frog legs anyone??

OXFORD Oxford – Mascot

Oxford is a four year old Golden Retriever who enjoys hanging out at the office. When you first meet Oxford he will be extremely excited to see you but he will quickly need another nap in the corner of the office. When at home with Michael, Oxford enjoys playing with his new baby sister, Delaney. At first he didn’t understand why she was getting all of the attention but now that she is eating food and dropping it from her high chair, he is really starting to like the new addition to the family.

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