I was recently doing some reflecting on my leadership journey throughout the years. I am so thankful for the many leaders I have met along the way who have taught me so much. Leadership is a journey that never stops. You are always developing, always growing, always learning and always failing. This week, I would

Invest in Others

As I look back on my first weeks of business, I remember how everything was so new to me, and I had a very limited idea of what I was doing. Every day was a lesson and many of my lessons were hard learned. One day, our office received a phone call but it was

Why Entrepreneurs Must Fail

Last week I was at Café Sevilla  sharing coffee with an entrepreneur who recently launched his company. We were discussing the struggles and challenges he had along the way and how he dealt with them. In the middle of our conversation, he said to me: “Matt, it seems that every business you start takes off

When Business Turns Into Friendship

In 2015, Emily and I got lost exploring the narrow streets of Sevilla, Spain.  While exploring, my attention was caught by one of the most impressive pieces of art I have ever come across.  In a large glass window display case at a local art store stood a perfectly made, porcelain Spanish bullfighter figure.  We

How to Turn Your Passion Into Profit

Over the past 30 years, I have started and been involved in many businesses. I get asked a lot about the birth of M & E Painting and if I turned my passion for painting into a business.  I always laugh because I hate painting and personally am not very good at it.  Actually, I
For 30 years I have been in love with business. It is one of my passions, and something I continue to perfect the craft of executing every day. I love the challenges business brings, the vehicle a business acts as to serve people, the creativity it allows one to bring to the table, and the
Yesterday, my daughter Hailey celebrated a major accomplishment in her life. 9 months ago, Hailey asked my wife Emily and I to buy her an Iphone.  We told her no.  We then told her she would need to make and save $1,000 so she could buy it herself.  She immediately replied by stating that she
When we decided to take our company’s leadership team to Spain for a weeklong leadership immersion retreat, we knew there would be a lot of planning involved.  In the months leading up to our Ultimate Immersion Experience, the planning team, consisting of my wife, Emily, Marketing and Events Manager, Danielle, and Executive Assistant, Frances, spent

Tips on How to Close More Sales

I remember the first time I sold something. It was 1990 and I was nine years old. Our family just moved to Loveland Colorado from New Jersey. It was the summer, and all I could think about was buying a boombox. Not just any boombox, but the new and improved boombox now sporting a CD