At IES we like to think of our employees as family, like one big team. And while there is no “I” in “team,” there certainly exists a great number of stories among the members of our team. You’re reading the first installment of our new blog series called #OneIES where we will examine those stories and learn more about the members of our team to find out what makes them— and IES— so special.
Matt Simmes, President of IES, has been on our team for 25 years now, driving unmatched growth through work in many facets of the organization. A true family man, Matt passed his commitment to IES on down to his eldest son, who works for IES in Fort Worth.
“I have worked for IES for 25 years,” Matt said. “I love the company, and I love the people, which has kept me here for so long.”
In addition to his amazing wife Kristi, Matt is a proud father of four kids (three boys and a girl).
“I enjoy the life of a father, spending time with my children and wife doing anything and everything,” Matt said. Apparently, “anything and everything” means working out, dancing, golfing, and practicing yoga. This is one active family!
While his oldest son works for IES in Texas, Matt’s middle son is a Marine in Camp Lejune, North Carolina. Matt’s daughter just graduated from ASU in May with a degree in Psychology, but we’ve yet to see what his 13-year-old son will accomplish (No pressure, Champ!).
Outside of his family, Matt has a deep love for Clemson football.
“I grew up around PAC-10 football and a home crowd would pull in 30-40,000 people in a metro area of 5,000,000 people,” Matt said. “The South is just different. There aren’t as many major sporting events, so Saturdays are for college football. A town of 30,000 typically fills a stadium of over 80,000 each Saturday. The passion for the team is amazing and infectious.”
Perhaps it’s his love for igniting passions that makes him so good at his work. Finding joy in family and the outdoors is Matt’s story.
Matt’s ability to identify business drivers and understand complex issues allow him to drive results on projects small and large. “I am good with processes and can find an easier way to do almost anything,” Matt said. “I love to build things and watch them grow.”