Get To Know: Matt MacDowell
We’re pretty lucky to have Matt on our team. He became a Proofpointer in a serendipitous way and we’re thankful that our paths crossed at just the right time!
Matt joins us as a Director of Demand Generation and is responsible for integrating digital strategies into our clients’ overall marketing mix, to create cohesive campaigns that drive customer demand. He will oversee, nurture and develop a team of Performance Marketers, as well as manage a portfolio of clients at Proofpoint. The Direct of Demand Generation operates as an autonomous leader for his team and clients, and reports to Mike as Head of Strategy a Proofpoint.
Matt brings over 15 years of digital marketing experience to Proofpoint, and a wealth of knowledge in the B2B space for a variety of different industries. Matt’s been a tremendous asset to the team in just a short time, diving into accounts, syncing up with team members, and rolling up his sleeves and getting to work! If you’re working with Matt, either internally as a Proofpointer, or as one of his clients, you are in excellent hands.
Matt, thank you for helping to make Proofpoint an inspired place to work!
Provide a brief bio/overview of your professional career:
A veteran of the United States Air Force. Matt earned a BS in Business Administration / Marketing from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business and has lived and worked in Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq and currently resides in Lakeville, Minnesota with his wife Alyssa and three kids (Luke, Ian, and Clara).
What’s the last book you read?
The Hungry Catepillar by Eric Carle
What are you currently watching on Netflix (or other streaming service)?
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go and why?
Australia: It would be amazing to explore with so much to see.
Who inspires you?
My wife (Alyssa)
Three words to best describe you are:
Thoughtful, Unexpected, Curious.
How has remote working impacted you professionally and personally?
t’s been a transition for sure, slowly building up barriers to help establish boundaries with the family while being available for them if they need me. Each improvement to my working environment seems to make it better, more efficient and more productive.
What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today in digital marketing?
Simple, Smarter Marketing: Customer focused, strategic customer acquisition
What’s your favorite movie?
Before joining us at Proofpoint, what was the best, most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
When I was 15 (my second job) was to repair arcade games at a some what knock off Chucky Cheese arcade. Being 15, unlimited free food and playing arcade games all day was a dream of a job.
Do you have a favorite podcast, blog and/or online influencer? Tell us why you follow them.
I don’t yet. However I love listening to a variety of commentary to pull nuggets of valuable trends, strategies and apply them to my processes in both work and life in general.
What’s your favorite thing to drink and snack on while working?
Dots (if you have never had them, they are addictive pretzels that disappear around my house quickly!)
What did you want to be when growing up?
I am still on that journey!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to do projects with my family. From word working arts and crafts to inventing random storage management systems. I like to play with new things to learn and grow from them to hopefully set the example for my kids that they can do anything, no matter what it is.
What genre of music or artist do you listen to while cranking on a project at work?
Think 1999 high school prom… SWV, Suga Free, Jay-Z, Wu-tang clan. (although now as a parent I realize just how inappropriate it all was, so I usually put the headphones on).
What was one experience in your life (either personal or professional) that made you a stronger person?
So many moments and challenges really collectively make me stronger. It’s not the strength that I pull from them; but the ability to adapt and overcome obstacles and trust in my ability to thrive in the face of adversity.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet and why?
Winston Churchill. It’s inspiring to me how some leaders can carry with them an aura of leadership. I would love to learn more about that.
Favorite meal, type of cuisine or restaurant?
German Food – Jaeger Schnitzel.
Share with us the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever been given:
“Everyone can…most chose not to.”
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last five years?
Not to let a comfort zone slow you down from flying to new heights.
Last one: Share with us something currently on your bucket list!
Win Memphis in May in any category.