Meet Account Manager Matt Reinke

Account Manager Matt Reinke joined our team nine months ago to oversee Star’s territory expansion into multiple Kentucky markets. Reinke is an industry veteran with over 13 years of experience and has held a variety of industry roles throughout his career. In addition to his work experience, Reinke is Six Sigma Black-Belt certified. Keep reading to learn more about him.

What are three words to describe Star?
Expert, Customer-centric, Premium.

How do you ensure workplace safety?
Safety at work is a core responsibility for each and every employee. It starts with taking personal responsibility by wearing all appropriate PPE gear, understanding safe work practices, and keeping those practices top of mind each day.

What is your favorite TV Show?
South Park is my favorite show—a definite must-watch. Randy Marsh is my favorite character—I love seeing the way he handles some of the major issues of the day and he is just plain funny.

What’s your favorite book?
My favorite all-time novel is “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” It has been a while since I have read it… but the overarching theme of the novel is that every action and practice you have today will prepare you for something bigger down the road. It had a deep impact on the younger version of myself.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I spend most of my free time swimming laps for exercise. I also enjoy hiking and kayaking in the various parks and streams around the Louisville area. With that said, my weekends are generally dedicated to cooking, gardening or doing yard work.

What is something people may not know about you?
Ever since becoming a homeowner, I have become fairly handy at home improvement projects. I’m actually pretty impressed at how good I have gotten at gutting a space down to the studs and completely renovating it.

What is your greatest fear?
Failing to make an impact.

Where is your favorite place to be?
I enjoy being home with my family and working around the house.

Favorite movie line/quote? 
“60% of the time, it works every time.” – Anchorman

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do?
I would buy a farm with a lot of acreages.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? 
The Florida panhandle is my favorite vacation destination. I have been to many different places there but the beauty and serenity of the Gulf of Mexico are unparalleled.

If given a chance, who would you want to be/what would you want to do for a day?
I am a foodie, so the chance to go somewhere like The French Laundry in Napa Valley would be an amazing experience.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would like to learn to fly. I think it would be great fun to own a single prop plane and use it as a hobby.

Who inspires you?
I am inspired by Warren Buffet. He is the savviest investor of our time.

What do you love the most about the transportation industry?
I love the essential role that we play in ensuring the success of other businesses by supplying a critical service that benefits everyone.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Definitely a “5-Way” from Skyline Chili.

What was the first concert you ever attended?
Don’t judge me—my Dad took me to a New Kids on the Block concert when I was about seven years old and it was at my request. My taste has most definitely evolved since then.

What music genre(s) do you like to listen to?
Mostly alternative.

If you could be a TV show character, who would you be and why?
I’m going to go back a decade because it seems like everything I watch has an anti-hero as the main character recently… If I were a TV show character it would be Seth Bullock from the HBO series, “Deadwood.” The character was cool under pressure and seemed to be the personification of “lawful good.”

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?
“Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
3: Put First Things First
4: Think Win/Win
5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
7: Sharpen the Saw” ― Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

How do you define success?
Improving each day; yourself, your environment and those around you.

Dog or cat person?
I am definitely a dog person. My family has two Boston Terriers named Daisy, who is 10 years old, and Duncan, who is four.

Favorite tradition?
I have three daughters that are eight, six, and one. Christmas time is my absolute favorite as I build new traditions for our family.

Pineapple pizza… yay or nay?
Absolutely not.

Where are you from?
I was born in Cincinnati and moved to Louisville in 2016. If you asked me which I prefer, Cincinnati or Louisville, it would definitely be Louisville—no contest.