Get to Know Team MR: Meet Matt, Director of Business Operations
After you get to know Matt, meet our Graphic Designer Emily Zirimis, our President Kate Barnett, our Managing Editor Elizabeth Tamkin, our Audio Engineer Quazzy, the woman who founded this website, Leandra Medine, our Photographer Krista Anna Lewis, our Senior Writer Amelia Diamond, our Social Media Editor,Harling Ross, our Content Strategist Yvonne Dunlevie, our Director/Filmmaker/Podcast host Jay Buim, our Junior Editor Haley Nahman, our Director of Integrated Marketing Patty Carnevale, and our Account Strategist Jasmin Aujla.
You’re the Director of Business Operations! What does that mean and what do you do?
My role is to operationalize a lot of what’s going on behind the scenes at Man Repeller and minimize growing pains as we scale. More specifically, I’ll be involved in project managing some exciting new initiatives which are obviously *top secret.*
What most interested me in Man Repeller was working somewhere dynamic and agile. It’s a cliché, but what I’m doing today will likely be different than what I’m doing six months from now.
Where were you before this/doing what?
I was working at a video creation app and before that I was in operations at BuzzFeed.
What did you go to school for?
My undergrad degree is in Information and Process Management and my masters is in Information Systems.
How did you get started at Man Repeller?
In the midst of exploring my next career move, a friend introduced me to Leandra and Kate. After hearing more about Man Repeller’s mission, I knew this was the kind of company I wanted to help build. Things evolved from there.
Favorite part of your job?
I like developing creative approaches to unstructured problems. Finding the balance between what’s ideal and what’s realistic is always a challenge, but keeps my job interesting. Perhaps it’s my need for affirmation, but I like finding solutions that work for everyone.
Least favorite part of your job?
As the only male employee in the office, I have severe anxiety about leaving the toilet seat up.
What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?
How unpredictable it’s been. Also that despite not attending a single career fair, I’ve been gainfully employed since graduating college.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Chief of Staff to Kesha.
What’s one piece of advice you can offer to someone who wants a job like yours?
No two business problems are the same, so it’s important to marry structured solutions with practical flexibility and remember the human element of processes and frameworks.
What’s one piece of advice you have for someone who has no clue what they want to do?
This is likely colored by my own anxieties when making career decisions, but don’t beat yourself up for not knowing. You can only make decisions based on the information available to you right now, so don’t overestimate future implications of present decisions.
Tell me something weird about you.
I don’t think this is weird, but you might: In 8th grade, I made my mom pick me up early from football practice to go to a Destiny’s Child concert.
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.