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20 Questions - Posted October 27, 2017 10:28 a.m.
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20 Questions with… Rick Matchett, Vice President/General Manager, Amarillo Bulls

What is the best advice you received when you were beginning your career? You have two ears and one mouth, so listen more and talk less.

How do you use social media to grow your network? We use it to inform our fans of changes with the team and charity events that our players are helping with. Plus, we use the different platforms to let everyone know exciting information about upcoming games and promotions.

How do you maintain balance? I pray each morning, try to take it one day at a time, and try to stay on task. In this business a lot of different things can happen that can disrupt your day so you have to stay calm, work through it, and enjoy what you do.

What has been your wisest investment? My marriage and time as a father. It continues to be very rewarding.

How has your past work experience shaped you into a leader? I’ve worked for large and small companies, which gives me different outlooks of how to accomplish large and small tasks. There’s not a job I ask my staff to do that I haven’t done at some time in my career, whether it’s a menial or in-depth task, which are both important to the success of any organization.

What is the best part about your job? Knowing every day that our organization is helping young men build a stronger, more positive character – a respect for other people. We also have the opportunity to help them fulfill their dream of playing hockey in college, and receiving a great education at the next level.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and private life? It has given me a chance to learn and grow as a person and as a businessman. I’ve had some amazing mentors in the past, and I still have several today that I’m trying to learn from.

Which living person do you most admire and why? My mom, who is now 85 years young. I lost my father when I was 14 and she lost her husband 43 years ago. She went from a mother of two and housewife to a working mother, providing for me and my sister. She was a great role model and kept my sister and I grounded in our faith. I’m thankful every day for what she did in my life. I also admire my wife, who keeps me inspired and on the right track with her love and care. She taught school full time and together we raised two wonderful kids that are now adults.

Which over-used word or phrase makes you cringe? I would say “think outside the box.” I think it’s way over used.

What is your business philosophy? Treat others the way you want to be treated, or better stated in the Bible as the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Which quality do you most value in an employee? I have more than one: honesty, integrity and work ethic.

What personality trait has most helped you succeed? Optimism. I always believe that things can get better.

Who is your favorite author? J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Sue Grafton to name a few.

What did you learn from your best boss? That you need to thank your employees for their hard work and always thank your customers for their business! It’s amazing how a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way. Your worst? How not to treat your employees if you want them to come back to work. Negative reinforcement without positive words never works.

How can Amarillo improve its business environment? We need everyone to support local businesses as much as possible. It helps all of us when we buy from our friends in Amarillo.

Most important tech tool: my iPhone.

Best time management tool: Outlook calendar.

I can’t live without my: wife, kids and the Amarillo Bulls!

My favorite thing about Amarillo is: the people! We have the most caring and giving people in the world.

Most unusual job or task: I was a radio disk jockey at one time, and wanted to be the next Casey Kasem.

-- the AM Team

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