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Meet the Dallas 500: Matthew Myers

The lessons learned, inspirations, and funniest experience of the Dean of SMU's Cox School of Business.

Education:
Michigan State University (PhD), University of South Carolina (Master’s), University of Louisville (BA)

First Job:
Working on survey crews in the summers in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Greatest Inspiration:
My old Airborne sergeants. They still haunt me.

Toughest Challenge:
During the recession, keeping our margins up, and at the same time keeping everyone on the payroll.

Lesson Learned:
Build a team you can trust, then trust your team.

Proudest Moment:
The day our twins were born. Don’t ask me why; my wife did all the hard work.

Funniest Experience:
Due to my trying to establish a decent reputation in Dallas, I’m afraid I’ll need to keep that one to myself.

How I Motivate Others:
By giving them responsibility for key decisions, and having them experience the results.

Who’d Play Me in a Biopic:
It depends on the era. In younger years, it would be a youthful Robert DeNiro. Lately, it’s more like Jeff Daniels in “Newsroom.”

Car I drive:
An Acura and an old Chevy Silverado pickup around our cabin.

Hobby/Passion:
Anything on the water, especially fishing.

Bucket List:
I’d like to travel to Africa.


This Q&A is extended content from the Dallas 500, a special edition produced by D CEO that profiles the region’s most influential business leaders.

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