Recently, we had the opportunity to spend some time learning about Nathan Matt, HBM’s new Corporate Controller. In this role he is responsible for HBM’s accounting, treasury/investment and budgeting functions, as well as the monthly consolidation and financial reporting process. He will also provide support for due diligence efforts related to acquisitions.
Can you tell us a little about your professional background?
I worked in public accounting at PwC, a big 4 accounting firm, in their assurance practice. In my role as a manager there, I worked on audits of both public and private large, international companies in a variety of industries including industrial manufacturing, aerospace and defense, higher education and private equity. It was a great way to launch my career because it allowed me to develop skills in financial analysis and reporting, project management and leadership.
I have a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri – Columbia and am a Certified Public Accountant.
What led you to HBM, and what interested you about the opportunity?
I was very impressed by the vision of the company, particularly the long-term strategic growth of the portfolio companies and continued growth through acquisitions. It’s really exciting to be a part of that.
An equally important factor in my decision was the corporate culture. I could tell that employees really enjoy working here and there is a strong emphasis on employee development. Everyone was so nice, and really passionate about what they do.
How do you see yourself engaging across our businesses?
One of the things that interested me about HBM is its portfolio of four separate businesses that operate in distinct markets. I’m really excited about the opportunity to get out to each of those businesses to understand how they work as well as meet the people there. Gaining an understanding of those businesses and developing relationships with the individuals at those businesses will be critical for me as I hit the ground running in this position.
What will you be focusing on in 2019 as you settle into your role? Any key priorities?
In addition to getting out to all the businesses there is also a new revenue recognition standard that is effective for 2019. Collaborating with the businesses to work though the intricacies of the adoption of this standard will be a priority over the next few months.
When you are not thinking of Finance/Accounting how do you spend your free time?
I’m a big sports fan, and I particularly love going to Cardinals, Blues and Mizzou sporting events. I also love spending time with my wife and our 10-month-old daughter.
Thanks to Nathan for taking the time to share these answers with us. We’re excited to have Nathan on board and welcome him to the HBM family!