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Matthew A. Swendiman, managing director, Graydon Compliance Solutions, LLC

What is the most challenging aspect of being leader? 

The most challenging aspect of being a leader is probably also the most fun part, and that is finding the right people to work with. We’ve been very lucky, we’ve got a great team and great colleagues, both peers of mine and people that are part of our growing staff and we are proud to be able to offer our services to other folks. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received is to believe in myself and believe in what we can do and to go out and actually create this entity,  have faith in it. It’s worked and it’s been really fun. 

What aspects of your personality have contributed to your success?

I think the personality trait that has contributed the most is that I’m an optimist. I’m generally happy at work and outside of work and it makes it more fun for people to work with me and to be able to provide services to other folks. It helps me get through every day. 

How do you think your employees would describe you?

I think they would describe me as manic, driven, engaged, interested and, hopefully, caring. 

What aspect of your company are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about helping to grow our company. Our company helps our clients grow, it frees them up to do the things they enjoy doing the most. I am passionate about helping our team grow, both on an individual level and in terms of their ability to provide services and become leaders themselves.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

I dropped out of college and moved from Los Angeles to Ohio with very little money. I worked full time and got my residency because I wanted to go to Ohio State and this is where I wanted to live my life and it’s worked out well. 

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