EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one in a monthly series of miniprofiles featuring local executives “off the clock.”
EXECUTIVE’S NAME, TITLE AND COMPANY NAME.
Matt Sauri, founder and CEO, Wimmer Solutions
TELL US WHAT YOUR COMPANY DOES AND WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS BUSINESS.
Wimmer Solutions is a technology recruiting and outsourcing company. I credit our “people-first” mentality as the reason for our 14 years of success. As for Wimmer’s origins and reason for being: I always had a fascination with looking for and finding the best in people. When I became involved in the recruiting industry, it didn’t feel like work, but rather a natural extension of my personality. After landing my first job in the industry, I remember calling my mom and telling her, “I can’t believe that someone is going to actually pay me to find jobs for people.” It’s obviously more complicated than that, but my initial enthusiasm is still there (although I’d like to think it’s matured a bit since then). Seeing the light go on in people’s eyes when we connect them with a role that challenges and inspires them just never gets old!
WHAT BOOK/TV SHOW/PODCAST ARE YOU READING/WATCHING/LISTENING TO AND WHY?
I’m reading Untangled right now; it’s about the stages girls go through as they transition into being women. I’ve got three daughters so I’ll gladly take all the help I can get in understanding them! As for TV shows, I’m hooked on Bloodline. Makes me want to visit the Florida Keys (really, not really) and it’s a great view into how corruption can begin from seemingly righteous motives. As for the podcast, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is fascinating. I guess I’m realizing an appreciation for history that I didn’t have when I was in school. I’ve always thought that if I wasn’t busy with Wimmer Solutions and the community it serves, I’d study history. These podcasts scratch the itch, for now.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SPOT IN SEATTLE?
When it comes to restaurants, I’m a huge fan of Staple & Fancy. Every time I’ve been there it’s been a wonderful experience, but that’s true of all Ethan Stowell restaurants. I’m not sure how that guy does it, but he’s onto something! I’m also known to frequent Monsoon on Capitol Hill. They have a great lounge and the food and drinks are excellent. As for parks, it’s tough to count the great times I’ve had at Green Lake over the years. Whether it’s playing basketball, tossing a Frisbee around, having fun with the dogs or watching my girls play for hours on the jungle gym, the connotation I’ll always have of the entire park is overwhelmingly positive. The place is a gem! It’s cool to think about how much joy has been felt there over the years, and by so many.
WHAT KIND OF CAR DO YOU DRIVE AND WHY?
I drive a station wagon; it’s actually a Mercedes E63, so it’s more of a sports car. It moves like a rocketship, but it’s kind of a sleeper, since, after all, it’s station wagon. I also have a lavender Honda scooter. One of my friends was giving me a hard time about the fact that it was lavender and I said to him, “You do realize it’s a scooter, right?” He had nothing to say back, which is amazing in itself because he is not the shyest person I’ve ever met! Often, though, it’s Uber. One can never be too safe.
TELL US SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU.
Well, for starters, I was born “breech.” I guess I just wanted to show my best side first! J I’m also double jointed (my thumbs are, anyway). Another fun fact is that I took up piano at the young age of 44. And … let me tell you: It’s very humbling! My goal is to be a bad pianist in two years (I don’t count as a pianist at this point). And, while many of my friends know, most people don’t know that I once rode a bicycle across the United States in support of the Team Jesse Foundation, which I’ve been involved with for many years. We left from Santa Rosa, California, and arrived at Ground Zero in New York City. The dates were significant (departure and arrival were meant to memorialize a few important people/events), and because of that, the trip was meaningful and impactful. And hard. I wasn’t a cyclist before I started training for the trip. I became a cyclist somewhere in the Rockies but the delirium I was feeling at the time prevents me from being able to be specific about where and when. Sure was pretty, though!
WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Lacrosse. Playing it, coaching it, watching it, thinking about it (and repeat). I’ve been involved with the game since I was a boy and it’s never stopped growing on me. I’ll always be a student of the sport; its Native American origins are just as interesting as the ways it’s grown over the years. It’s a fast game with contact, lots of offense and a momentum-based reality that’s different from any other sport. The Pacific Northwest has been steadily gaining a reputation for its appreciation of lacrosse, and I’m grateful for the pioneering enthusiasts who took the time a few decades back to make it happen. It’s going to be fun watching the game continue to grow and gather a more diverse group of fans and players. I’m also passionate about a few community-related pursuits. It’s been a priority for me to incorporate my community focus into the DNA of the company, and I’m fortunate to work with many like-minded team members who value community involvement as much as I do: We have many who serve on nonprofit boards, are active volunteers and donate to causes that are meaningful to them. Plus, they humor me in participating in lots of company events geared toward supporting Wimmer’s three focus areas for community involvement: STEM Education, Economic Opportunity and Community Building through Sport. My current inspiration lies with a few very special organizations: Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, Team Jesse Foundation, T.A.F. and Ronald McDonald House Charities. I can honestly say that, despite how much energy, resources and time I’ve given to these organizations, I’ve gotten more back than I’ll ever be able to give.
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