Matt Whiat


What’s your personal “why”?
To put others in the driver’s seat and help them achieve their greatness. This personal why is shaped by my belief that the meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade I do not intend to sit (Nelson Henderson).
What motivates you?
Working with people that are driven to make a positive difference. Culture, technology, art, the discipline doesn’t matter. I enjoy collaborating with people who are driven to make the world a better place.
How did you end up working at Barry-Wehmiller?
While on Active Duty with the US Air Force, one of my missions was to escort author and speaker Simon Sinek into Afghanistan. On this fateful trip in the summer of 2011 is where his book “Leaders Eat Last” was born and where he and I decided to create the Department of Defense’s first and only TEDx speaking event. As we worked together on this event to showcase “those who serve others” I was introduced to Bob Chapman and the incredibly talented people on his team. Years later when I transitioned from the Air Force, I was looking for a family to join where I could share my gifts and talents to the fullest. Barry-Wehmiller represented this exact opportunity. Every day since I have valued the opportunity to pour my life’s energies into something I believe in with people I cherish.
What is your hope for the Leadership Institute?
That our efforts will help organizations and leaders transform to a more people-centric culture and disposition for today and well into future generations. And that through our demonstrated success and disciplined, thoughtful and considerate approach, we influence other leaders and organizations throughout the world. I hope that one day, someone that I will never meet, in an organization I have never heard of, in a place and time I will not occupy, will be touched positively by our efforts today.
If you could be a roadie for one band, who would it be?
What three things do you like the most?
Manual transmissions, Star Wars, the sound of laughter
What three things do you dislike the most?
Pistachios that will not open, spelling the word rhythm, angry chimpanzees