October 03, 2019
When Matt Surls isn’t at work, he’s watching or playing sports. His competitive nature and team spirit make Matt a perfect fit for his role at Honeywell in Cincinnati, OH, where he helps craft software solutions for distribution center automation.
“I can see how the fast, precise actions of warehouse automation are similar to a sports team when all the players are doing their part,” Matt said.
What was it like when you first started with Honeywell?
I went to school at Georgia College & State University and majored in business marketing. When I started with Honeywell, I was hired in a sales operations role and was able to try different areas of our business, eventually taking a pre-sales engineer position.
Honeywell trusted me with a lot of responsibility from the start. My managers and coworkers were there to help me. At first, the responsibility was a bit intimidating, but my coworkers were very collaborative and wanted me to be comfortable.
What’s your role at Honeywell today?
I work with our implementation team to develop project schedules, competitive pricing, and define costs for our upcoming projects. The software solutions we provide create efficiencies and reduce waste.
In the distribution industry, we’re seeing e-commerce becoming very important. End customer demand is growing and we’re providing software solutions in distribution centers to help fulfill orders as soon as possible. We provide technology to meet those demands.
Honeywell has been growing like crazy – it’s been fun to be part of that growth and see the great work we're doing and how it’s changing the world. We're shaping the future by creating connected distribution centers.
What would you say to someone who’s considering a career with Honeywell?
Honeywell strives to offer the latest and greatest technology and to be very innovative. There's a lot of different industries – a lot of different things you can try – in order to develop your career. If you are to come onboard with Honeywell, you should be courageous and willing to take chances. Put yourself in situations where you're a little bit uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and always be learning.
How do you feel about the global nature of Honeywell?
Honeywell has a huge global footprint and I get to work with customers all over the world. We’re present in so many industries and have several business units, so there’s endless opportunity to do different things.
What qualities should people have as a #futureshaper?
Keep the future in mind and do not be afraid to have innovative ideas and pursue those. Be courageous in what you’re seeing and don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone.