Know Your MC: Matt McKeon, Retail Media Manager
This is the fourth of an ongoing series profiling Momentum Commerce team members (MCs for short). Click here to see more of our team, and be sure to check out our open roles!
Before coming to Momentum Commerce, what was your experience in the eCommerce space?
During college is when I first started developing an interest in eCommerce. This is when dropshipping was becoming more well-known, and the ecosystem around that piqued my interest. After I graduated, I jumped straight into Amazon at Pharmapacks. I was just the second hire on the marketing team, meaning I got thrown into the fire almost immediately. I was doing a little bit of everything associated with running an Amazon business – which was a lot of work but it allowed me to learn so much. I stayed at Pharmapacks for four years, first as an analyst, then moving up to a manager position with a half dozen people on my team.
What made you want to make the jump to Momentum Commerce?
I found out about Momentum Commerce from a former coworker of mine Aisha Khan. Aisha gave me a glowing review of the team, and asked if it was OK for her to reach out to me if she thought there was a good fit. That got me in touch with people like Todd Bowman – who seemed like a genuinely nice person, and also really smart. That’s something I was looking for in a company, and it’s the same feeling I got after chatting with John Shea, Jay McQuillan and Kelsey Scarzello. Just such a strong team for such a young company. I knew that being at a startup meant I’d have an opportunity to learn, but also grow and make more of an impact than at a big, more corporate company.
How would you describe the journey so far?
So far, it’s been amazing. Everything I wanted when joining has come to fruition. I’m feeling like part of a team and that I’m making an impact. I love the transparency from John, Jay and all the way through the organization. You don’t see a lot of companies do it, and if they do, it gets lost really quickly. The fact that leadership and everyone holds themselves to be transparent has been refreshing.
What’s your favorite work memory?
I’m sure it’s shared across a lot of people, but the Newport trip is my favorite memory so far. For such a young company to do something like that for the employees is a testament to the culture and what the founders are trying to build here. There’s nothing like meeting and getting to know people in person. You get some of that through Zoom, but the summit really helped solidify the connections across the company.
What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I love anything on the water – boating, kayaking, paddle boarding – and I even rode in jet boots once. Since I was a baby, I’ve been out on the water, and I worked at a marina during high school.
What’s a fact about you that might surprise some people?
I’m a huge New England Patriots fan, despite living in New York. The first football game I remember watching was the first Pats Super Bowl win. After Brady’s third Super Bowl I was all in. Then, I ended up playing quarterback in high school, but I wasn’t very athletic, so Brady was a great role model for me. I got a lot of grief during high school and college, so it’s been great to have so many Boston-area folks in the company.