"My creative process involves pushing everything to the absolute extreme limit, then pushing it a little more until it breaks. I repeat this destructive process several times until I have a really good sense of exactly where the edge of possibility lies - and then I stand on that edge and teeter in the wind."
Operations Manager Matt Van Susteren has worked side-by-side with his wife Amie since the two began their careers in laser work around a decade ago. Matt has an entrepreneurial spirit, combined with an unquestionable passion for creating, learning, and engineering. His career began in pottery, taking inspiration from nature, math, science, and other artists (his personal favorite is Malcolm Davis). Much like Amie, Matt is constantly inspired by the complex world around him and it's been a key factor in his success.
Matt's uncanny ability to solve the most complex of problems has been invaluable for the growth and stability of Nestled Pines Woodworking. Overwhelmingly self-taught, there isn't much that Matt can't do. Whether it's writing new software to facilitate faster production schedules, macgyvering his lasers to work more efficiently, or taking on renovations to create an environment more conducive to the business, he's up to the task.
"I build things. It's all I do, build things. My inspiration comes from problems. Amie always says I love to solve puzzles."
Off the clock, Matt values the time he's able to spend with his family, whether it be at home on the couch wrestling with the pair's three teenagers, or relaxing and recharging on the beaches of Puerto Rico.
It's no surprise that Matt's leadership and ingenuity have proved invaluable to the success and growth of Nestled Pines Woodworking, and we can't wait to see what he has in store for the future.