Meet the HARMAN Luxury Audio Team
Name: Matthew Herman
Position/Job Title: Luxury Audio Project Manager, Loudspeakers
With HARMAN Since 2022
With Meet The HARMAN Luxury Team, our goal is for you to get to know us better. In each edition we feature a different member of the team, and this month it's Matthew Herman, Luxury Audio Project Manager, Loudspeakers.
How would you describe what you do in your current role?
I am a project manager for the Luxury Audio group within Harman. I work with extremely talented teams to successfully launch products against on-time, on-cost and on-quality metrics.
What did you study in school? Did you always imagine yourself doing something like what you’re doing now or did the fates just take you in that direction?
Early in my career, I realized I had a passion for working with product and people; I was determined to find a career that supported this. In college, I studied Apparel, Merchandising and Management with a focus in product development and commercialization. After graduating college, I have held jobs as a Product Development Manager and Program Manager for tech and non-tech companies. I am where I am today, because HARMAN supports my passion for developing exceptional products and working with and leading talented teams.
How did your career path lead you to HARMAN?
My experiences and skills in program management and genuine love for technology and audio has led me to HARMAN. I’m so thankful for my journey and excited for the future.
What is the most important thing you have learned over your career?
The most important skills I’ve learned in my career are to be calm in chaos, to dive into the details, and to be champion for the team and organization.
Any other advice you would share with people just starting out in this industry?
Absorb everything, ask questions, and reflect on daily learnings.
What are you most proud of in your life?
I’m proud of my educational and post-college work experience. I’ve learned that with passion, a positive attitude and a strong sense of ownership, there’s no limit to what we can achieve.
When did you realize you had a passion for music or audio? Was there any one band, song, or movie that did it for you?
I knew I had a love for music at an early age - I remember my grandfather playing the piano while I sat next to him. He taught me a lot about music and was the catalyst to my appreciation and interest in music.
What current technology impresses you the most?
I’m fascinated with Internet of Things (IoT) and SmartThings technology and how we as consumers utilize these technologies. Also, I love cars, so technology regarding the future of the automobiles and transportation interests me.
Favorite music genre?
I like most all music genres, but I’m a sucker for pop-punk.
The desert island question, of course. If you were marooned for eternity and could listen to only three albums, what would they be?
Blondie - Parallel Lines
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
The Cure – Three Imaginary Boys
You have the floor. In closing, tell us anything else you want us to know about yourself.
I’m very thankful and excited to be here, also I’m looking forward to working and getting to know you all!