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Matt Keslar: From Co-Worker to Manager
At the age of 14, he took it upon himself to get a job. He wanted to make his own money and do things on his own. His sister referred him to Amigos since she herself had enjoyed her time as an Amigos co-worker, and the rest is history.
Or shall we say, the present?
Now 21, Matt recently took on the role of manager for our Coddington & West A Lincoln location. For the past 7 years, Matt’s instinct, drive, and motivation to do well have taken him through the ranks of leadership and allowed him to finally manage his very own Amigos/Kings location.
His advice for those who want to follow in his footsteps? “Learn the menu; it will be your best friend. And work your butt off. Work harder than anyone else.”
Words of wisdom from the recently of-age manager.
On independence: “I was 14. I was Mr. I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T. I wanted money.”
On leading: “I think it’s part of my natural instinct and drive to just go and be the leader.”
On managing: “As a manager, you have to manage by example. I have a different mentality than expecting the employees to work while I manage. I expect the employees to work while I work harder than them. Because you can’t expect anyone to work hard if you’re not.”
On teamwork: “We all work as a team to get everything done, and we’re all having a good time being happy at work.”
On variety: “I like the variety of responsibilities and working with so many different people and different cultures. I’ve learned how to be a leader of all sorts of different people and work with all sorts of different people.”