DBT40 Honoree: Matthew C. Smith of Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

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AGE: 37
TITLE: Licensed Funeral Director/Owner
COMPANY: Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory
WORKS IN: New Castle, Newark, Delaware City

What the nominator said:

“Through his demeanor and compassion, Matthew has shown that his priorities to offer uncompromising service while looking after his staff never falter. He provides a work environment where team input is encouraged and hard work is rewarded, and he understands the importance of maintaining a healthy and balanced family and work life and encourages us to do the same.”

Social media platform you can’t live without:

Facebook and Twitter

Biggest break:

“I knew from age 14 that being a funeral director and helping families through a very difficult time was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My biggest break was having the chance to take over a family business.”

Two words that best describe you:

Meticulous and compassionate.

Work/life balance technique you recommend:

My wife Sandi is my rock; this can be a stressful profession and she and our three children always make sure I have down time for them (and myself). Nothing is more important than family when balancing work and life.”

Your advice for the next generation:

“Learn to listen to people and develop compassion and empathy — they are valuable business tools as well! When you understand where someone is coming from, putting yourself in their shoes, it makes communication more powerful.”

In one sentence, define success:

“Success is material comfort and independence, but it is also peace of mind, which comes from knowing you did your best and served your community well.”

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