Matthew Fleeger is a CEO of a well-known oil and gas company. However, you might not know this as each morning he drives his kids to school and drops them off before going to the office. He uses this time of the day to interact with his children in a very personal way.
Just the same way he interacts with his family, Fleeger believes that one should put the best into each workday. He believes businesses can succeed with openness, honesty, transparency, and support of each other. He spent many years refining these philosophies, including the time he bought a new venture and found it was not at all what he had wanted to buy. Fleeger decided to use this as a learning lesson and take his losses and go on.
He managed many different types of businesses once he graduated from Southern Methodist with a degree in finance and economics. His most successful business was a medical waste company that he ran for 14 years. Mr. Fleeger had also worked for his father’s firm at various times. With his father retiring, Fleeger made the decision to return to the family firm, Gulf Coast Western. Since taking over this company, he has expanded it throughout the Southwest and increased the company’s interest in real estate and gas and oil holdings. His company has become prominent in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and through his company, Fleeger has taken a big interest in helping children with an assortment of charities.
He believes that to be successful, one must form a vision of something that needs to be done. Then, one must set up a path of how to reach that goal. Once on the path, waymarkers can be set up to indicate the success along the way. Fleeger is a big believer in establishing daily lists to get things done. Otherwise, he feels disjointed and is less likely to complete his goals.