Matt Durtsche

AGE: 38



How long have you been in the PHCP-PVF industry?

Seven years.

What drew you into the industry?

Simply put, First Supply and the family behind it. Prior to joining the company in 2016, my professional experience had been in public accounting and corporate finance. This industry had not been on my radar. That changed quickly after talking with the 4th and 5th generation of family ownership and learning about First Supply’s impact in the communities they operate within, their passion to support this industry, their commitment to invest in their employees, and their plans for strategic growth! While the company and the family drew me in, it has been the relationships with my colleagues, vendors and customers that keeps me engaged.

What is the most rewarding aspect of working in the industry?

This industry is filled with endless complexities and challenges big and small that create daily opportunities for growth and development – in the seven years I have worked in this industry, I have never felt content or complacent – there is always a problem to be solved, a relationship to strengthen, or a process that could be improved. This industry is competitive and to be the best it takes a team that is willing to focus on supporting each other through continuous improvement and collaboration, rather than perfection.

What motivates you every day?

To make a positive impact.

What is one thing you wish more people knew/understood about the PHCP-PVF industry?

Innovation – This industry continues to innovate and evolve in so many areas including e-commerce, automation, artificial intelligence, logistics, etc. There are great career opportunities for individuals with diverse backgrounds in these fields in addition to the career industry PHCP-PVF experts, and when these different perspectives converge and collaborate the possibilities are endless.

What has been your proudest moment in your career so far?

I won’t get into any specifics here, as I am already uncomfortable being recognized in this list. Generally speaking, the proudest moments in my career have come from the relationships I have built and the foundation on which they are built.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I took a 2000 mile motorcycle trip to California from Wisconsin after dropping out of college in 2003 – I later discovered my interest in accounting, finance and business and returned to school to earn my degrees am grateful for all of the lessons along the way and those that are still to come.