We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Hicks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I’d like to think it’s relationships. With our clients, with employees, with our vendors, with our families. The reason we have good clients and great employees is because we focus on having a relational business that values people. The more healthy we are as people, the better partners, friends, parents we are. And that leads to a better company culture, which leads to a better product. If we keep people as the focus, I think we’re successful. Profit, growth, notoriety, will just be a bonus.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My partners and I started B-10 Union, a custom furniture design/build studio. We had no plan at the beginning, but I’m proud of the organic growth we’ve had and the ways we’ve figured things out and improved as we go. Our core values drive our decisions, and we’ve been fortunate enough to have a bunch amazing employees/friends who share them and live them. The journey has been extremely challenging and rewarding. I think (at least I hope) that what sets us apart from other similar companies is our ability to communicate clearly and have healthy conflict. I’m really proud of the people we have and the work we put out. I really love everyone on our team.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This list is infinite. We just moved to East Point so I’ll start around there: Don Sige taqueria, Mami’s cuban in Hapeville, Manchester Arms and The Breakfast boys in College Park. The Porter, Argosy, El Tesoro, Fox Bros, any Castelucci restaurant, East Pole coffee, Kimball House, Lee’s Bakery, Evergreen, Halfway Crooks, Littles, Supremo, Gaja, Midway Pub. Variety, the Earl and Eddie’s Attic for shows. Center for Civil and human rights, the Zoo, Edgewood/EAV for late night. Revolution donuts. Boccalupo. Piedmont park is good for visitors. High Museum and Atlanta Contemporary. I’ll stop
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My partners Patrick and Rob, and each of our wives who let us have a job that feels more like play than work.
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