George Fox MBA alum featured in Portland Business Journal

Matt McKenzie, an alum of the MBA program at George Fox, featured in the Portland Business JournalMatt McKenzie, who earned both a bachelor's degree and an MBA from George Fox, recognizes that people — not products — are the foundation of a successful business.

"The best way to make money is to value the true things in life," he told the Portland Business Journal. "Recognize that people are supremely important. If you take care of people — vendors, customers, employees — this creates collaboration. Collaboration can accomplish extraordinary things."

McKenzie, president of CUI Inc., a company that designs, manufactures and markets electro-mechanical components for manufacturers, was profiled in the Portland Business Journal's Jan. 1, 2010 issue. In the profile article, he outlines some of what he's learned as the president of a company and shares insight on what constitutes a successful business venture.

Some excerpts ...

Best business decision: "Make values a priority. We put our values on paper and use them in everyday communication. This is our backbone."

Yardstick of success: "Stay profitable. Also, longevity from employees and key partners."

Guiding principle: "Change happens. The successful people in life embrace it and adapt to make good come from it."

Toughest business decision: "Any restructure. They are risky and involve a lot of emotion. It's tough on the organization and its people."

Favorite quote: "If someone is capable of loving his partner without restrictions, unconditionally, then he is manifesting the love of God. If the love of God becomes manifest, then he will love his neighbor. If he loves his neighbor, he will love himself. If he loves himself, then everything returns to its proper place. History changes."

Visit the Portland Business Journal site to read the entire article (subscription required).