A loyal advertiser for 16 years, Matt said he partners with the Good News because he wants to be included among similar advertisers who are more likely to be honest, have good business morals and treat people fairly.
Starting in plumbing from the ground up, Matt said, “there’s nothing that I haven’t done related to the business.”
Completing high school in Queens, New York, Matt Rich entered trade school and apprenticed as a plumber part time. He later assisted a small shop in Manhattan delivery plumbing parts all over the city. When his family moved to Florida, Rich discovered industry was booming here. He ended up in the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union program, which involved apprenticeship and trade school two nights a week.
Employed for 10 years by Nagelbush Mechanical, Inc., one of the largest specialty contractors in Florida providing plumbing, HVAC and electrical services, Matt eventually became a foreman running multiple projects.
After earning his master plumber license and applying for business licenses, Matt saved up and began his own company in 1987 working in the field, answering phones and building it up from a one-man shop to a thriving company with more than 18 employees. Having worked in all areas of the business, Matt said, “I try to create a good work environment that attracts the best technicians who treat our customers well.”
He is passionate about trying to encourage youth to become more interested in trades as a career. “While trades were previously looked down upon when compared with attending college and entering white collar jobs,” Matt said, “plumbing and other trades are lacking help in an area that can be a good career and provide a descent living.” He currently has a few young men he is training as apprentices.
Matt and his wife Dawn have four children: Josh, 22; Justin, 21; Jason, 19; and Jessica, 16. His family attends Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale where he and his wife, Dawn, have helped with Sunday school over the years. Matt has also used his plumbing skills to assist with projects at Calvary Chapel including work for His Caring Place on behalf of 4KIDS of South Florida.
His favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (NLT).
During his free time, Matt enjoys fishing, diving and boating.
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