Matt knows the only way to achieve his high-growth strategy is to work with the best people. He’s focused on making Phenomenex a magnetic destination for top talent as well as developing and retaining current talent. A top priority is creating structural efficiencies and building strong managers to ensure all team members reach their fullest potential at Phenomenex.
A critical part of reaching the level of success he wants the company to achieve is building diverse teams: “I want Phenomenex to be a model for one of Danaher’s values, ‘the best team wins, and the best team is diverse,’” said Matt. “Throughout my career, the most successful teams I’ve been on have been the teams with the most diversity.
At Phenomenex, Matt’s strategy starts with diversifying his leadership team to ensure that candidates from all backgrounds see representation and a place to grow within Phenomenex. Then, once the best talent comes through the door, Matt says: “We have to make them feel valued, which means we hear, interpret, process, and take action on their feedback and ideas. Every person in the organization must understand the value of their contributions and how they fit into our strategy and trajectory for the future.”
Beyond growing the team, Matt feels extremely lucky to work among such fascinating people at Phenomenex. The company’s innate service-oriented culture has attracted a group of highly collaborative and empowering people. As an example, Matt shared about a group within Phenomenex that, for the last 20 years, has done daily workouts together every day at noon. During the pandemic, they took their workouts virtual and everyone stayed committed. Matt hasn’t made it to a midday workout yet, but he’s enjoyed a couple of fun morning workout classes with colleagues.
“I’ve never been part of such a collaborative, lively, and inspiring work environment,” said Matt. “We all jump at the opportunity to do something together, and I’ve only seen a snapshot of what’s been going on every day here for decades. That little subset represents a microcosm of the broader culture — which is a fun, collaborative environment where people genuinely like each other and focus on driving success as a collective organization.”
Outside of his role at Phenomenex, Matt stays steadfast in his commitment to living a life grounded by purpose and service. His passions and interests are captured with five Fs: faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance. Matt is a devoted husband and father, active in his community, connected to his local church, and aims to exercise at least three times a week.
Whether through business or personal ventures, he always strives to impact the world around him positively.