What it takes to win on the football field is not unlike what it takes to operate a successful logistics company, according to the 37-year-old president and CEO of Langley-based C&D Logistics.
“There are a lot of similarities between football and business,” said Dana Matheson, who was an offensive lineman for the Saint Mary’s University Huskies while on a football scholarship in Halifax before leaving school in 2004 to focus on his business ventures.
“Egos are checked at the door. All of the employees are valuable. You can’t have selfish players in either business or football.”
The Huskies won the 2002 Vanier Cup with Matheson on the team, and the entrepreneur continues to score touchdowns in the field of business, including winning the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce’s U40 Business Person of the Year award in 2015.
With 13 years of logistics industry experience, Matheson has worked in all departments and worn many hats, including sales, accounting and management. Drawing on his father Bruce Matheson’s 35 years of industry experience, he learned at a young age how to engage clients to earn their trust and how to build long-term business relationships.
A father of two, Matheson, who is also co-owner of 360 Industrial Movers and purchased the Cedarbrook Bakery and Bistro in May 2016, believes in leading by example. He is in the office daily working with his staff, and gets involved in all aspects of his businesses. C&D Logistics has 22 full-time employees and annual revenues of about $13 million.
“Always keeping the customer No. 1 and trying to out-service our competitors” have been key to Matheson’s success in business, he said.
His passion for business parallels his loyalty to his family and his connection with his community. C&D Logistics supports more than 20 charitable programs and many minor sports organizations. Matheson, founder of Fraser Valley Family Day, also serves as president of the Langley Rams junior football club. He is also a board member with the Life Ready Foundation, which works with at-risk youth in the Lower Mainland.
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