Matt Poischbeg

United States

Matthias Poischbeg was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. Matt moved to Everett, Wash., after finishing his bachelor's degree in business in 1995 to work for Sea-Dog Corporation, a manufacturer, and distributor of marine and rigging hardware established in 1923.

In 1999, Matt took over the reins at Sea-Lect Plastics Corporation, a sister company of Sea-Dog and a manufacturer of plastic injection molded products with an in-house tool & die shop. In 2005, Matt became a U.S. citizen which made a dreams come true.

Matt graduated from the Leadership Snohomish County program in 2008 and served on its board for three years. In May of 2014, he joined the Village Theatre board, a calling due to his passion for the performing arts and musical theatre.

Like the performing arts, another genuine passion of Matt’s is the support of apprenticeship programs and AJAC where he also serves on the advisory board. Matt’s support for apprenticeship programs is a direct result of his own experiences after he finished school at the age of sixteen and completed two, 2-year apprenticeships in Germany.

Sea-Lect Plastics currently has a total of seven apprentices. Three as tool & die maker, three as plastics process technicians and one youth apprentice. Matt is actively engaged with educators and government programs in Snohomish County. He says employers can’t wait for the skilled workers to knock at their door. They need to help and educate our future workforce which will benefit their own bottom line.

Matthias Poischbeg is also a contributor to Grit Daily.

Watch Matt's Tedx talk about Apprenticeships:

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