We had the good fortune of connecting with Cary Matthews and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cary, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I’m successful when others are successful. The purpose behind Opal Partners is to have a positive impact on those around me, and in a strictly business sense, helping them solve problems or make their company better. Of course, being able to build and maintain a practice that allows me to earn a living is a key metric of whether or not I am achieving my purpose. Every dollar I earn, every referral I’m given, every business owner I can help – whether directly or by connecting them with someone else – are the key performance indicators that tell me I am on track. Some of my proudest moments are when clients, employees, or friends have told me I made a difference in their lives, their jobs, and their companies. Those simple acknowledgements are the currency that keeps me going and reminds me why I do what I do.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Opal Partners Group exists to help small businesses with their operational challenges. Whether working on processes, strategies, or the metrics that tie them together, our goal is make business better today than it was yesterday. You will hear a different definition of “operations” from every person you ask. At OPG, we believe it is fairly simple: the collection of all activities required to keep the business running. The goal of your operations should be to extract value from every resource employed by the business including people, tools, processes, and capital. Often a business owner knows he or she has a problem, or suspects they might, but they can’t put their finger on it exactly. Sometimes they just need outside advice. They may not have the bandwidth on the leadership team to grab the reins of a project and run with it. Whatever the situation, Opal Partners can help.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a fan of the outdoors and food and there are many places in and around Atlanta that hit the spot. For good food, I’d start at Havana Sandwich Shop for the best Cuban food around. A trip to Buford to grab a bite at Aqua Terra Bistro is a must. At some point, we’d have to stop in ‘cue or Slope’s for some great barbecue. Activities would include an afternoon on Lake Lanier fishing, skiing, or just hanging out. Hiking at Amicalola Falls is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy north Georgia. In town, people watching in Piedmont Park would be high on the list.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t have been able to launch Opal Partners without building on the opportunities I’ve been given and the people who have encouraged
my me professionally. Joseph Ciotti took a chance on a young manager and really let me learn about business. Larry Hart is the ultimate business coach who taught me more about myself than anything. Colleagues like Robert Stephens and Andy May offered advice, encouragement, and perspective along the way. Many of my connections, networking opportunities, and clients can be traced back to Jeff Richardson. Thanks to you all.