Matthew Lowe is the Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for Champion Brands, LLC and is actively involved in the sales and management of the company. Matt, in his fifth year with the company, is the third-generation family member to be involved in the business where he works alongside his father, David Lowe. Lowe’s grandfather, Ralph Lowe, founded the company in 1956. Prior to joining Champion, Lowe spent 11 years as a trial lawyer representing clients throughout Missouri.
Champion Brands, LLC, originally Lowe Oil Co., is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants. Champion also manufactures and blends more than 300 products including fuel, brake fluid, oil and engine additives and lubricants for the automotive, heavy truck, agricultural and specialty markets. In addition to marketing the Champion product offering, the company has a number of private-label customers for brake fluid, engine oils, agricultural products, and automotive chemicals.
What is your current role and area of responsibility?
I try to take a somewhat active role in most areas of the business. I feel like it is important to have at least a general understanding of each segment of the company. I also direct a considerable amount of my attention to sales. Maintaining current customer relationships and developing new customers are equally important. One cannot spend too much time on either. I also deal with the day to day aspects of the business. It is difficult to overstate the amount of time those tasks take each and every day.
How would you describe your work/leadership style and why has it worked so well for you?
The jury is probably still out on whether or not my leadership style works. I have been in this role for about five years and I came to Champion from an entirely different area of work. With that being said, I try to be approachable, but I expect a good deal of effort from those that I work with. I will live or die by the level of accountability that exists within this organization.
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