Tech’s COB kicks off Inside the C-Suite seminars

By Thomas Stodghill, IV

Louisiana Tech’s College of Business kicked off its series of seminars for the academic year Friday with its first guest speaker, Matt Herlevic, who graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1991.

Originally from Winnsboro, Herlevic attended Tech and studied accounting. He worked at the local Walmart, where he met someone who later offered him a job at the Walmart Headquarters in Bentonville, AR. He still resides in Bentonville. He got to work on the international expansion of Walmart in Argentina and in Germany. He was eventually transferred to working for Sam’s Club, where he had the unfortunate task of the largest layoff in Sam’s Club History.

“You need to get comfortable being uncomfortable,” Herlevic said.

After leaving Sam’s Club and Walmart, he and his wife turned their attention to real estate. They decided to see if they could run a trailer park in Rogers, AR, which he described as the best decision of his life.

“I operate on 60% gut and 40% hard data,” Herlevic said.

Herlevic also talked about meeting some recent immigrants from Los Angeles, who liked his voice. He got to voice one of the “That’s Pure Michigan” commercials because of that.

He concluded his story by talking about his RV Parks. He got to open not one, but four different RV parks when he got the grants for more land. At the end of his talk, he gave advice to the students who came to listen. He said that you will never know who you will run into and take opportunities in business. At the same time, he said that he wants people to be real when a situation is good or bad. That worked out for him.

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