Matt Heller is a dynamic and engaging speaker who builds confidence, courage and awareness in leaders of all experience levels. He was recently named as one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers by Inc. Magazine!
As a consultant, trainer, and workshop facilitator, Matt has a developed a proven track record for being able to relate to any audience and give them solid tools they can use immediately. But don’t take his word for it. Here’s what his audiences are saying:
“Matt is one of those unique people who within minutes of meeting his audience can read them and adapt his presentation style to their level of learning/communication. That is a gift that not many people possess. His style is easy and approachable and he never intimidates his audience.”
- Elaine Hinds – Universal Orlando Resort
“Matt was both enlightening and inspiring. I have heard feedback from each of our departments stating how their seasonal management teams are referencing and implementing the skills learned during Matt's presentation. We can't wait to bring him back again!”
- Jana Evanger – Schlitterbahn Waterparks
“While there are many positive words and phrases I could use to describe Matt Heller, “Exceptional” is the first one that comes to mind. I’ve had the pleasure of attending many of his educational sessions at both the IAAPA Expo and AIMS Safety Seminar, and he never ceases to impress. Matt has the ability to not only captivate an audience with his energetic and engaging style, but also provide attendees with real, workable ideas on how to overcome many of our industry challenges. His creativity, passion, sense of humor and sincerity shine through with every interaction – both in large groups and one-on-one. His superior knowledge and skills make Matt a true star in our industry."
- Dino Fazio – Morey’s Piers
Before becoming a professional speaker, Matt Heller spent 25 years in the amusement/theme park industry. Starting as a ride operator at Canobie Lake Park just out of high school, Matt has enjoyed a robust career around the attractions industry with leadership positions at Canobie, Knott’s Camp Snoopy, Valleyfair and Smiles Entertainment Center. Pulling from his previous leadership experience, in 2003 Matt joined Universal Orlando Resort as the Senior Trainer of Leadership Development. Matt has also served on the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Education Committee, and from 2009-2012 was the Chair of the IAAPA Human Resources Committee.
In 2011, Matt created his own leadership development consulting company, Performance Optimist Consulting. Under this venture, Matt now works with leaders from all over the attractions industry and beyond, helping them optimize their performance so they can minimize turnover, increase morale and improve profitability.
In 2013, Matt released his first book, entitled “The Myth of Employee Burnout”. In it, he outlines his quest to find out what truly causes employees to lose motivation and what leaders can do to overcome it. This has become one of his most popular topics to speak about.