A versatile, talented project manager with an easy grin, Matt Sitterle is that colleague you’re always happy to see. Always quick with a kind word and sympathetic ear, Matt embodies a sense of confidence, perspective and practical expertise that fosters a level of comfort and trust. His efficient, no-drama management style has helped Sabre Commercial build strong working relationships with high profile clients like Dell Children’s Medical Center, The University of Texas at Austin and Aquila Commercial.
Starting as a Sabre superintendent nine years ago, Matt spent years coordinating a wide range of jobs, from Class A corporate offices in downtown Austin to multiple finish-outs on the UT campus. His natural leadership skills ultimately drew him into project management. He recently led an award-winning classroom renovation for the UT School of Architecture. Another major accomplishment was the addition and remodel of the Mental Health Unit, an important milestone project for Dell Children’s Medical Center.
“I’ve always enjoyed being in the field and building stuff, and working as a team in the health care and education sectors has been interesting and rewarding,” he said. “Lots of people taught me along the way—I assisted Superintendent Todd Evans for a while, and John (Cyrier) and Todd (Reimers) too.” Matt now serves as an active mentor to new interns and project engineers. He has worked closely with two of our rising stars, Project Engineer Brandon Klotz and Allyssa Taylor, who is currently transitioning into the Project Manager role.
“Matt has been a great person to learn from over the years,” said Allyssa. “He’s always calm and coaches you to get ahead of potential problems. He also has a laid-back attitude which makes him very approachable even when you’re dealing with a tough situation. He’s both an effective and easy person to be around and I think it’s obvious with the strong client relationships he’s maintained and created throughout his career.”
Born and raised in Austin, Matt attended Westlake High School. In his early twenties, he married his wife Lori and started a family. They now have a son in college, Jake, and daughter Paige, who’s a sophomore at Dripping Springs High School.
“I’m the typical construction guy who loves golf, hunting, and fishing, and enjoys the outdoors with my family,” says Matt. He has more than a passing interest in golf—at one time he had aspirations to play professionally. “I lived in Oahu (Hawaii) for a year, where I went to college and played golf with an eye toward being in the PGA Apprentice Program. Then I took a break, moved back to Texas and a friend of mine got me a job in construction. The rest is history.” Matt’s son, Jake, has inherited the golf gene and is currently playing for his college.
“I like it here at Sabre,” he said. “I still like working with a smaller company that’s got local ties and is locally owned. It’s not as corporate as many of the big commercial construction firms, more human. We are all important contributors to the company. And if there’s an issue, ownership is available to us.”
To quote Larry David’s catchphrase on Matt’s favorite show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” that all sounds: “Pretty good. Prett-ay, prett-ay, prett-ay good.”