Finding success as an entrepreneur demands an enterprising spirit and unfaltering grit. Matthew Fleeger, a stalwart in the oil and gas industry, possess both. Following in his father’s footsteps, Fleeger became a business mogul during his early adulthood. The road to success proved taxing at best, but it was no match for Fleeger’s unbridled ambition. Straight out of college, Fleeger vowed to gain ample experience in his desired trade. As an attempt to diversify himself, Fleeger pursued various job opportunities throughout Texas. For a brief period, Fleeger assumed a role at his father’s company, Gulf Coast Western.
Though cementing a job at the family-owned business would’ve been a cinch, Fleeger wanted to put his entrepreneurial inclinations to the test. Fleeger did just that in 1993 when he founded MedSolutions, his waste management company. Responsible for the treatment and transportation of waste, MedSolutions played a vital role in the disposing of refuse produced by healthcare facilities. Fleeger fostered the growth of his company, and MedSolutions was touted as the “regional leader in healthcare waste management.” While his 15 years with MedSolutions was time well spent, Fleeger flexed his negotiation muscles and eventually sold the company to Stericycle for $59 million.
After bidding a fond farewell to his first enterprise, Fleeger flirted with the idea of returning to Gulf Coast Western. After much consideration, Fleeger decided that the home is where the heart is and returned to the family business. Exalted by his return, Fleeger’s father promoted Matthew to CEO of the company, a position Fleeger still holds. With Fleeger at the helm, Gulf Coast Western will undoubtedly thrive. Being the dynamic man he is, Fleeger ventured into a different industry that held much promise, tanning. As the co-creator of two prominent tanning companies, Mystic Tan and Palm Beach Tan, Fleeger’s intuitions were right on the money.