Meet the Dallas 500: Matthew Myers

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

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.

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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