In accepting the Champions of Tennis accolade, Murray pointed out that building and renovating tennis courts, running tracks and other play surfaces is indeed serious business.
"We make a real contribution to people's wellness," he said. "We're creating spaces for people to do something healthy."
After receiving his B.S. degree in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee, the Chattanooga native returned to his hometown and established a pavement maintenance business. He ran the enterprise for 22 years, then was recruited by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce to serve as its executive vice president.
In 2002 Murray returned to the paving industry by joining forces with key members of his former business to launch Competition Athletic Surfaces. In contrast to his first business, the new company would focus solely on sport surfaces and operate throughout the Southeast.
The wordplay tradition persisted. Murray's "Run all over us" is the CAS motto.