Who to Know in Cleaning and Refinishing – Matt O’Haleck

An interview with Matt O’Haleck
Owner, HammondKnoll

How did you get started in Flooring?
It started as a summer job at a carpet cleaning company when I was 16. After High School, I bought equipment and started my own cleaning company to pay for college. 28 short years later and much company growth and acquisitions led to my current role.

What would you do if not flooring?
Coaching and mentoring for personal development. My wife and I really like seeing people develop to the best of their abilities—even if that means training someone we know won’t be an employee of ours forever. We try to create a challenging environment that encourages personal and professional growth for our employees. The best compliment we get is seeing someone that is better when they leave than when they arrive.

What do you like best about the flooring industry?
The ability we have to find solutions to client’s needs, and the interaction with high quality people. People in our industry—other business owners, FAN members, and installers— are so open and sharing with information, it really helps us all to provide the best service to our customers.

What do you do to relax?
Reading and exercise are some things I do a lot of. I’m usually reading a few books at a time, and average 6-8 books a month. My wife is a marathon runner, so I run with her sometimes and we do a lot of cycling. In 2015 we did the Seattle to Vancouver ride.

What advice do you have for someone getting started in the industry?
Put yourself in a place to meet people and ask questions. Some of the best advice I’ve read was that if you want to succeed faster just keep learning.