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Many of the other managers and employees are also friends, not just colleagues. This closeness allows us to do whatever it takes collaboratively to improve our processes and products for our doctors.
For SmartBox to help dentists thrive, its employees must thrive.
Vice President of Operations Matt Tungate works tirelessly to establish a company culture that attracts the right employees, nurtures employees, and ensures they have a healthy work-life balance.
As the company’s first full-time employee, no one is more prepared than Matt to lead the day-to-day operations that will both give SmartBox dentists more and better patients and improve SmartBox’s bottom line.
Matt is a proud Western Kentucky University graduate who pursued his love of journalism doggedly. Journalism being his first career love, he was the editor of his college paper and won the collegiate equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
Matt accomplished his dream of being the editor of a daily newspaper at the ripe age of 27. He had summited the mountain early but found that he never got to enjoy the climb. He worked for a few more newspapers (including helping start one); a branding firm; a gubernatorial campaign as spokesman; and the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a public information officer.
Then, he joined SmartBox as a senior copywriter.
Though he still considers himself a “word herder” who strives to achieve technical perfection in his copy, Matt showed early on with the company that he wanted all areas of SmartBox to be technically perfect, too.
Now, as a company vice president, Matt has been at the core of every SmartBox product launch, policy change, branding initiative, and hiring boom. His fondness for both his job and co-workers is evident in every brainstorming session, watercooler exchange, and off-site gathering.
“I love my job because Colin Receveur is not only a great boss, but he has become my best friend,” he said. “Many of the other managers and employees are also friends, not just colleagues. This closeness allows us to do whatever it takes collaboratively to improve our processes and products for our doctors.”
To clear his mind, Matt Tungate loves spending time with his beautiful wife, Lauren; playing chess and sports with his competitive son, Matthew Tungate Jr.; and passing on unrequested wisdom to his artistic daughter, Zoe.