President and Owner, Concrete Texturing
After his recognition as a High School All-American Athlete, Tim Matthews attended the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, where he played as a starting guard for their basketball team in 1981/1982. He later moved to Arizona, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Arizona in 1988. Tim went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in 1993.
Tim’s experiences and education helped him navigate the challenges of starting and growing two successful start-up organizations: Signal Gates and Concrete Texturing. At the onset, Tim started out with limited experience in each of the businesses. But his abilities to learn on the fly and form structure from chaos powered him into creating enduring products and companies.
Before starting Concrete Texturing, Tim developed his entrepreneurial skills as a minority owner of Signal Gates. Signal Gates’ primary purpose was to sell and distribute electronic gate systems to dealers nationwide and install electronic gate systems in Central and Southern Arizona.
Signal Gates’ primary customers were homeowners, contractors, developers, apartment complexes, gate companies, ranchers, and small businesses. His role with Signal Gates included sales, distribution to dealers, purchasing, customer service, and inventory control. The company grew rapidly, exceeding $1,000,000 in sales in its second year of business. He sold his share of the business to start Concrete Texturing.
The Beginning of Concrete Texturing
Once Tim learned about concrete overlay systems, he was fascinated by the process and products. After further research, he established Concrete Texturing in 1998. During his research and training, he learned the spray texture method from a company in Florida. They felt that this method was the only way to do it. However, his inquisitive nature spurred him to discover innovative application techniques, improving upon methods that the manufacturers promoted.
He quickly built a reputation for high-quality concrete installations far superior to what anyone else was offering. Customers loved his honesty, timeliness, and follow-through — uncommon traits among contractors. Referrals from customers became a big part of Concrete Texturing’s growth.
Tim has proven to be an effective leader and visionary for Concrete Texturing, creating an exceptional product delivered with integrity and high-quality service. As president, he employs a broad range of business skills, including manufacturing, installation, sales, marketing, financial management, purchasing, inventory control, and product design. He can often be found at the job site talking to customers and employees and has created a team that executes unique, cost-effective concrete installation techniques that leave customers highly satisfied.
Married to Danette Matthews since 1986, Tim has three children and four grandchildren. He’s been actively involved in the community in a number of ways, including:
- Volunteering at the 2002 Winter Olympics
- Educating and fundraising for Jr. Achievement
- Coaching Junior High and High School basketball
- Teaching and training teachers for a local church
- Managing facilities for a local church
- Serving as an employment specialist for a local church