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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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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Meet our New Advertising/PR Intern…

My name is Kaitlyn Parker and I’m currently attending Texas State University.  I am also the new Advertising and PR Intern for Aleuro Inc.  My feature picture is of the most ultimate ice cream ever created by Blue Bell, PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE!

My dream IMG_0825job is to be a copywriter and hopefully move up to being a creative director for an advertising agency. My hobbies include hanging with friends, watching movies, and listening to music. I love entertainment of any kind whether it’s staying at home playing video games or going to the beach to play beach volleyball.

I was born in Houston and raised in Tomball which is about thirty minutes away. I can’t wait to explore San Antonio and learn more with the Aleuro Team.  The energy here is positive, fun and exciting with all the new things to learn about Business 2 Business style marketing!

Aleuro, Inc. Makes It To Wordpress!!

Hello everyone! We here at Aleuro, Inc. are so excited to finally take the footsteps into the world of WordPress! Now we can share even more news and events, helping to keep you updated on the exciting things going on during this hot Texas summer! Be on the lookout for many great things to come.