EPI-HAB’s team members are the heart and soul of the organization. Their wealth of intelligence, experience, and dedication has been the key to EPI-HAB’s success. So this month, we’re kicking off a series of blog entries and e-blasts introducing EPI-HAB’s hardworking employees to our readers, friends, and partners.
October’s employee spotlight features Matt Redmann, the Executive Director of EPI-HAB:
Matt, a self-proclaimed “die-hard cheesehead,” was born and raised in Weyauwega, WI and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He graduated with a BS in General Engineering and later earned his MBA in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In 2006, Matt joined EPI-HAB as their first Executive Director and is responsible for all facets of the company’s planning and operation, including personnel, safety, quality, sales, finances, facilities, and equipment.
Matt recognizes that all his efforts are mission focused: to provide meaningful employment for individuals with epilepsy and other challenges by performing valued work for customers.
What do you like most about your job?
M: The EPI-HAB family of employees, caregivers, board members, customers and support service providers–they have become my family.
What are the biggest challenges in your position?
M: Selling EPI-HAB’s services, primarily the “hand labor” services. As EPI-HAB’s employees continue to improve efficiencies, more sales are required to provide employment for the same number of workers. In order to increase the number of EPI-HAB employees, even more work is needed.
What are some company achievements, successes, or milestones you are proud of?
M: EPI-HAB is now 57 years old. We are totally self-sufficient (receive no aid, no charitable donations, no government grants) and we are debt free and financially solvent.
What is currently motivating you/exciting you within the industry in which you work?
M: The never-ending pursuit for new sales opportunities (short-term, one-time sales and on-going long term sales). More sales allow EPI-HAB to sustain a larger workforce. And when faced with excess profits, EPI-HAB makes it a habit of contributing to local charities.
What are your hobbies? What do you do during your time out of the office?
M: I love to golf and travel. Sometimes I’m able to both at the same time. I also dabble in home improvement projects.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Why is it important?
M: In all things, “do your best.”
At this point in my life and career, essentially working for no boss, one must be self-motivated and driven to doing one’s best in all situations.
What are your goals for EPI-HAB this year?
M: Zero injuries, increase EPI-HAB’s Net Sales (year over year) and increase the number of employees