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Episode 122 Show Notes


Matthew Negron is the president of Dauphin, a prestigious furniture manufacturer based out of Germany with a focus on ergonomics. Beginning from the position of design engineer and developing his own department, Matthew expanded into project management and catalog build-outs. 

While experiencing the industry from the inside, he lacked knowledge of the sales component on the outside of the manufacturing walls. He carved his own path by justifying how he could handle his own sales division to gain a perspective on the sales side of the business. 

Leadership is a skill that has always come naturally to Matthew, leading him to his current position of President in June 2020. By demonstrating a willingness to listen to other areas of the company, he is able to drive change and meet market demands as they develop.

The power of listening within your business and integrating trends from other markets across the world. They can give you the power to launch your business to the next level simply by listening to your salespeople and your customers to provide a need to trends. 

The proof of the products at Dauphin is demonstrated with the HIP finalists, and Matthew found himself the winner of the people category in 2023, demonstrating the hard work he has poured into his business and his team. 

Matthew speaks to the benefits of intrapreneurship and mentorship and how both of those have provided him with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the industry today. Listen to hear more about how he is driving change in the contract interiors industry and the big things that can be expected to come from Dauphin in the years to come. 


In this episode:

[01:08] Welcome to The Trend Report! 

[01:33] Meet my guest, Matthew Negron, and learn about how he got started in the furniture industry.

[04:52] Matthew’s draw to teaching. 

[08:47] How Matthew approaches sustainability in his lectures. 

[10:13] The history of Dauphin and where it is today. 

[15:10] Matthew’s history at Dauphin and how he became one of the youngest presidents in the company’s history. 

[21:22] The big takeaways from Matthew’s journey with Dauphin. 

[24:18] What lead to Matthew becoming a HiP finalist at NeoCon 2023. 

[28:34] The importance that mentorship has played in Matthew’s life and how he pays it forward. 

[35:17] We are always growing and evolving as professionals and as people.

[36:03] How Matthew grows and develops while managing everything. 

[39:10] What is Matthew reading right now?

[41:05] What is Matthew listening to for education and inspiration? 

[42:36] Final thoughts from Matthew.

[43:52] Thanks for joining us today!


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