My name is Mike Wotawa and I was born and raised in the St Louis area. I grew up with my parents and one younger brother. Fishing was my favorite activity ever since I was a little boy. I was lucky enough to grow up at Lake Tishomingo down in Jefferson County where I could fish all day.
When I was 23, in 1999, I started painting for a small company and I loved it. I enjoyed the physical labor and I was good at painting. I was an employee of a small company back then and I worked there for almost five years, until 2004. After that I went to work for a prestigious painting company here in St Louis and I was there until 2012. For those 8 years at that company, I worked in some very expensive and eloquent homes. Needless to say, my workmanship and customer service had to be of the highest quality.
It was during the winter of 2012 that I fell on hard financial times. In the spring, I knew that I had to do something different to improve my financial situation. So the thought popped in my head to start my own painting business. I immediately started offering the same quality services that I was familiar with already.
The first year was hard for my business. I found a few wonderful clients, but had only enough work to get by. By 2013 I had grown enough that I could hire someone. After 2013, Selah Painting took off. We now have several employees and a good business model in place.
I don’t do as much painting anymore. I mostly run the business. I take the same approach to running the business as I did at doing the painting. I will always work hard at it. I train and expect my guys to have the same qualities that I started this business with.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story!