Apogee Awards Honorees: Matt Arsenault
Meet Matt Arsenault of Baptist Health South Florida, an honoree in the Healthcare category at the 2020 Apogee Awards
Chief Financial Officer for Baptist Health South Florida, overseeing finance operations from Palm Beach to the Florida Keys. I am a CPA, member of the FIU College of Business Dean’s Advisory Counsel and board member of the Children’s Trust. I live in Kendall with my wife, Suzie, and our four kids.
Fun fact: Miami is home since I moved from New York when I was 8 years old but I have remained a die-hard fan of the New York Jets!
What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza—comfort food at its best!
What do you like to do on weekends? Spending time with my wife and four kids at sporting events and other activities!
How do you unwind from a long day at work? Going for a run or long walk.
What is your favorite quote? “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” — Harry Truman
From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? My wife. She is an accomplished musician, teacher and very involved mother of four. She selflessly works to help others and inspires me to do the same.
What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? Being part of the Baptist Leadership Team that helped achieve our expansion over the past three years, especially into Palm Beach County and the start of Miami Cancer Institute. Our team did so much in such a short period of time and I know it will benefit the community for generations.
What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it?When the financial crisis hit in 2008. I overcame it by trusting the culture at our organization which was to focus on people first and be long-term thinkers. We didn’t panic and made smart decisions to ensure we weathered the storm.
What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Be a lifetime learner and don’t be afraid to stumble at first. Always try to challenge yourself to learn different parts of the business.