Meet Our CEO, Matthew England

What advice do you have for young professionals entering the workforce?

“Understand delayed gratification. Have you ever heard of the Stanford marshmallow experiment? A group of kids sees a marshmallow on a plate and are told they can have it if they want, but if you wait, you’ll get two. They followed the kids that chose to wait for the second marshmallow, and those people were more successful, did better in school, had healthier relationships. It teaches you that good things don’t come easily.”

Matthew England is a family man, a self-starter, and the CEO of Aleuro Inc. Born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee, England has always been a natural extrovert. “No one has ever described me as shy,” says England, “I was a total class clown, always the one in trouble.” England remembers actively playing every sport he could, and sharpening his competitive edge. “If it had a ball and a score, I played it,” says England, “but who really developed my competitive drive was my father, he was very competitive. I remember being 5 years old and getting my first Nintendo, and we would play constantly. He took no mercy on me, that sharpened me to do sales and business. He also taught me that it’s never gonna be easy, so just do it.”

As a high schooler, England began paving his path to professional success. “Both of my grandfathers owned businesses,” says England, “my dad always worked for other people. Through seeing the freedom my grandparents had versus my parents, I knew I wanted to own a business.” A notoriously hard worker, England began working at an incredibly young age. “I started mowing lawns with my uncle at 7 years old,” says England, “I did that through my teenage years and went on to bag groceries at Kroger, and held 2 to 3 jobs in college.” Alongside his studies and multiple jobs, England played collegiate golf at Bethel University.

On November 29th, 2010, Matthew England opened the doors of Aleuro Inc. for business. The company name is rooted in what England values most- family. “My grandfather is one of my greatest role models in life,” says England, “his name is Almus Eugene Robbins- Aleuro.” Family is the foundation of the company, which has created quite the record of success in the past eight years. “We work to teach and lead others,” says England, “we want to develop and help other people, ethically and morally teach people the way to do business.”

For the entrepreneurs looking to start their own businesses, England has no shortage of advice.

“Be adaptable- business changes rapidly from day to day, week to week. I initially studied biology in college, and I was a fan of anything science-based, especially Charles Darwin. A lot of people get survival of the fittest the wrong way- he said it was the species most adaptable to change that will succeed, not the strongest.”

“Be very open-minded, embody a ‘down for whatever’ mentality. You may not do it right the first time, but the mentality is everything.”

“Understand failure and what it is, it’s a lesson. The only way to fail is to quit- failure is there to teach you how to succeed.”

As for the culture at Aleuro, England has created an environment that aligns with the exact foundation of the company- family. “You want to create an environment where people can thrive,” says England, “having a close-knit group of people is the most important thing.”

Creating a business and working to add value to the people in your company is no small job, but England cites this experience as being equally valuable to him. “Being my own boss is the most rewarding, yet frustrating experience,” says England, “it is just the most exhilarating and exciting thing, but can be the most stressful as well.” His tip for effective leadership: never ask people to do something you wouldn’t. As for what has fueled his own success, persistence. “Persistence is the biggest thing, I am persistent to a fault.”

In the past eight years, Aleuro Inc. has become an unstoppable machine, with Matthew England at the wheel. That said, the momentum continues to pick up in the Aleuro office. “The biggest thing is to create an opportunity for other people,” says England, “that is the most important thing at the end of the day. We will continue that, and work to grow and develop as an organization.”

 

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The Sales Doctor: Eric Wood

If there’s one thing about our team here at Aleuro Inc, it’s that we attract the most interesting personalities to our company! From golf pros to musicians, scholars to aspiring doctors, there’s not a single “type” that does better than the other here at Aleuro Inc. In fact, it boils down to personality and work ethic that determine if someone will excel in our company!

Meet Eric Wood, one of those exceptional personalities that excel in our company’s Management Training Program. Born in Abilene and raised in San Antonio, Eric is the oldest of 4 and naturally, assumes that same big brother role in our company to new members joining the team. The product of 2 hard-working parents and a childhood filled with basketball and swimming (he was 6’4 in middle school), Eric grew up with an understanding of pay now, play later.

Pursuing swimming seriously in high school, Eric recalls also learning discipline and perseverance by swimming an average of 5 miles a day, 6 days a week. He mastered freestyle and breaststroke races, earning a State Championship his Junior year with his team.

Graduating from Churchill High School, Eric pursued higher education at UTSA and double majored in Biology and Chemistry (impressive, we know)! His graduation in May 2015 and successful MCAT examination led Eric to the workforce as he prepared for another 8-10 years of schooling. Working first with Samsung to gain sales experience and then Aleuro Inc to gain leadership/management experience, Eric finds himself more prepared now than ever to begin his studies as an Orthopedic Surgeon.

What he’s learned most at Aleuro Inc and intends to use in Med School is the ability to train and develop others, learn from everyone that crosses his path, make unemotional business decisions, and focus on the present. From his first interview with the company, Eric has evolved into even more of a composed professional — perfect for an aspiring doctor.

When he’s not at work, you can find Eric with his wife Megan, who believe it or not he met in 7th grade!! To relax, he plays Destiny and Dungeons & Dragons fan, maximizing as much time as he can outside of the office and textbooks! A natural communicator who has brought such value to our entire company here at Aleuro Inc, Eric adds daily to the “energetic, ever-changing, family-focused company” he describes us as.

Eric, we want to thank you for the commitment you have demonstrated to our company and the level of excellence you have interjected into our client relations. Until your official graduation from med school, you will always be the sales doctor to us. Keep up the tremendous work!

Simply Systematic: Senior Corporate Trainer Pete Storseth

pete3Passion. Determination. Resilience. These are three characteristics that most people strive to have during their career. Throughout an individual’s professional journey, challenges arise, new opportunities are presented, and successes are celebrated. Aleuro Inc’s Senior Corporate Trainer, Pete Storseth, knows this journey well!

Pete was born and raised in Missouri City, TX, about 15 minutes south of Houston. Growing up, he was considered the “class clown” (he’s the office clown now, haha!). Pete has always been passionate about art – his favorite medium being illustration. He also has an athletic side and played football throughout junior high and high school. After graduating from Elkins High School, Pete moved to Lubbock, TX to attend Texas Tech University (Guns Up!). He attended Texas Tech for 3 years and decided to transfer to The University of Houston, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Production.

With a college degree and knowledge under his belt, Pete moved to Austin, TX to pursue his love for the film industry. He soon became the Assistant Editor, Assistant Locations Manager, and part of the art department for an independent feature film. Pete also starred in a couple of  independent short films – one of them being a zombie film where he died three times! Though Pete experienced success in the film industry, he also saw the other side of it – the competitive and inconsistent side. Struggling to find more work, he ended up taking short-term jobs such as waiting tables, managing a furniture store, and working in a call center. Pete knew he wanted something more; he wanted a long-term career where he could run his own business and be financially free.

pete4After searching for jobs online, Pete found a job with a glass company that promised the opportunity to start in an entry level sales position and quickly move up into management. He gave it a shot, worked hard, and was promoted to management within one year! Pete was then given the opportunity to oversee the San Antonio market working with the same glass company. While he loved the entrepreneurial side of the position, he wanted to work with a prestigious client and a more professional direct marketing and sales approach. Pete searched again for a new opportunity. He came across Aleuro Inc and discovered that they were working with AT&T (we all know who they are!) and other multi-billion dollar telecommunications clients. After interviewing with our CEO, Matthew, Pete knew working at Aleuro Inc was the right fit!

Since the very beginning of his career with Aleuro Inc, Pete has set the pace in both sales and team building. His work ethic and systematic nature make him a prime example of true leadership. Pete’s advice to any new team member is to “study your butt off, work hard, and invest in both yourself and others!” Aleuro Inc is very grateful to have Pete on its team and is excited to see him expand the company into a new market in the near future! Congratulations, Pete, on being Aleuro Inc’s featured leader this month! Your hard work and dedication is much appreciated!

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Aleuro Inc: Happy Anniversary Star Trek!

Here at Aleuro Inc, we’d like to consider ourselves an eclectic bunch. We’re comprised of a group of former athletes, scholars, class clowns and a professional DJ??? Yep, it’s real life! Despite our differences, we find unity in our diversity. We are conjoined by strong values of integrity, discipline and work ethic. Much like Star Trek, we have a VERY positive outlook on the future and the direction our company is heading! We dgiphy-20ecided to interview our Managing Partner, Joel, who is a HUGE Trekkie and asked him to give us the scoop on what the 50th anniversary means and how it relates to our business. You just might be surprised at the similarities, so give her all you’ve got captain!  (that’s a Star Trek line if you didn’t get it, haha)
 

Q – Ok, Joel! If you had to choose, who is your favorite character and why?

 

Joel – Soo hard! Why would you make me choose??! If I had to, I would say Jean-Luc Picard, Captain of the Enterprise in Star Trek the Next Generation.  He was the living embodiment of a Leader.  He always asked for advice and listened to his team in a consultative environment.  He was a diplomat at heart, always seeking a way to find common ground and unite 2 differing parties.  He would spend personal time with his team and provided solid structure.  He was never afraid to join away missions, which in our work environment would be equivalent to a manager spending a day with a new team member during client consultations to provide adequate training.  He also created an environment of true growth and development.  When I’m at work and faced with a challenge, I think WWJLD (what would Jean-Luc do) and the answer is always clear from there!

 

Q – What is the greatest lesson to be learned from the Star Trek movies?

 

Joel – Well to me Star Trek is more TV shows than movies.  It started with a TV show in the 60’s, but has since spawned 5 new TV series with the newest starting in Jan 2017… very exciting!!  And then 13 Movies so far with no end in sight.  As a young man I fell deeply in love with Star Trek The Next Generation. The greatest lesson I get from Sgiphy (18).giftar Trek is probably “Unity in Diversity.”  Having a team of diverse individuals that are united can accomplish anything.  Every individual brings to the team a unique perspective and skill-set that only makes the team stronger.  Star Trek was also about humanity in the future and how we aren’t perfect but as a human race among many other alien races we strive for a better universe and it can be accomplished.  Most movies depict a bleak future where things are doomed, but Star Trek was always positive on its outlook.

 

Q – How does Star Trek relate to our business?

 

Joel – Star Trek is about team work in the face of constant and unimaginable challenges! Our Management Training Program at Aleuro Inc is incredibly challenging, as you are taught to oversee the operations of an entire marketing firm in less than 2 years, but every new challenge accomplished brings a great sense of fulfillment to the individual and group. Star Trek and our business is all about leadership and unity! With hands-on, positive leadership and great cohesiveness around team members, we are boldly going where no man has gone (are you catching these Star Trek quotes I’m dropping, haha)!

 

While our setting is a simple office and not aboard the USS Enterprise, our mission is the same! Like Star Trek, we look to provide adventure, giphy-21friendship, discovery and exploration, all within the marketing and sales world. We look to create and cultivate an environment where like the show, we’ll be around for decades to go. While we look to build our legacy, we wanted to wish Star Trek a Happy 50th Anniversary and thank the series for having such a positive impact on so many of us. Live long and prosper, as they say!