Employee Spotlight: Matt O’Brien

  1. What brought you to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • To be perfectly honest, it was kind of by chance. The 2008 economic crash played a big role in bringing me here. I was exploring new opportunities, and Hoyle, Tanner was the only firm hiring at the time. The fact that I would be working with aviation was also a huge plus, because it has really become my passion. I studied civil engineering in school and originally thought I’d end up doing heavy highway. This is much better, though, because the projects are bigger, more complex and require heavy machinery. I guess I share Tim Taylor’s motto fromHome Improvement: “More power!”
  2. What do you like most about working at here?
    • I love how laidback my department is. Everyone puts in the time and gets their work done, but people don’t try to keep tabs on one another. It’s a really good atmosphere.
  3. How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any favorite pastimes or family activities?
    • On the average night, you can find me and my wife vegging out on the couch. There’s always debate about what we want to watch (She chooses Oscar-winners, while I usually just want to see action-adventure movies likeSherlock Holmes), but since we’re getting ready for a new baby, we’re both very happy for the relaxation time. Other than that, one of my favorite things we do each year is a Labor Day camping trip with my sister-in-law and her husband. That’s always really fun.
  4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without and why?
    • I’ve never really had a good answer to this type of question. Other than basic necessities, I feel like I could pretty much give up anything if I needed to. However, I would definitely be sad to never eat freshly-baked cookies out of the oven again. That would make me upset.
  5. Tell me a random fact most people don’t know about you.
    • I’m kind of obsessed with compost. Part of my senior design project in college dealt with creating energy from compost, and ever since, I’ve been fascinated by it. I compost everything: yard clippings, leaves, food waste – you name it! I guess if someone didn’t know me, they may be surprised by that. Talk to me for a little while, though, and you’ll probably know more about me than you wanted to.
  6. Do you have a favorite quote or any words you live by?
    • I enjoy fortune cookies. I’m amazed how sometimes they are so accurate. There was one that said, “He who laughs, lasts.” It pretty much says, “Be happy and you’ll live a long life,” but it plays on the saying about the last one to laugh at a joke… Pretty deep for a fortune cookie.
  7. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    • I worked at Hannaford as a bagger/cart collector. It really wasn’t a terrible job, but it certainly showed me that I wanted to get an education so I would never have to do it again.
    • I worked as a meter reader for a power company for a while, too, and that job was pretty unique. I once had to read a meter for this massive house on Lake Sebago. It was one of those summer homes where the owners were never there. Naturally, I took the opportunity to eat lunch and go swimming on their beach [laughs]. The next house on my list was on this island that you could only reach by boat, so the company hadn’t read its meter for something like ten years. I ended up rolling up my pants and walking out to it on a sandbar, and I got a reading that really surprised my bosses… Still not sure whether they were happy or angry with me for that! Anyway, that was an unusual job.
  8. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, for what?
    • I think I’d like to be famous to a certain extent. I would never want to be movie star famous, having people follow me around or having to do interviews. I’d more like to be known for an accomplishment, you know? I would be happy with Matt O’Brien as a household name like Bill Gates… or even being on a product like Heinz. As long as the product wasn’t something really weird, I think that would be pretty cool.
  9. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
    • This is one I talked about a lot as a kid. Flying is obviously the best answer. It would also be really interesting to read minds, but flying would come first.
Nichole Davis

About Nichole Davis

Nichole is the Creative & Development Director based in our corporate office. She works with all levels of employees assisting with the firm’s marketing and branding strategy and initiatives. Her passion is making a difference and collaborating with people, so it is only fitting that Nichole leads the firm’s public engagement efforts, and public input process for some of our projects. As a self-described “doer”, each day you will find her working on something different, thinking outside the box and pushing the envelope. Sure, Nichole is busy with all of the projects she originates, but when she is not working, she spends most of her time with friends and family, baking, volunteering, and renovating her house.