Smeal Graduate Distinguished Achievement Award

Recognizes a graduate alumnus/alumna whose career achievements have brought distinction to Smeal and whose commitment of time, talent, and resources has been key to enhancing the prestige of the college.

Recognizes a graduate alumnus/alumna whose career achievements have enhanced the prestige of the college.

2018 Award Recipient: Matt Sheehan '05 M.B.A.

Matt Sheehan is Chief Executive Officer and member of the Primo Water Board of Directors since May 2017. He joined Primo Water as President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2012. During this time, the business has grown from a 90 person, $90M business with a ~$20M market cap to a 600 person, $275M business with a market cap of approximately $400M. Prior to Primo, Sheehan was with Redbox/Coinstar helping take the $4M early stage company in 2005 to a $1.9B company in 2011. During his time there, Sheehan served in numerous roles including Vice President of Sales, Vice President/General Manager of the first automated retail venture and, finally, as strategic venture advisor. He has also held roles at IBM, Manhattan Associates, Logistics.com and an online grocery start-up named Streamline.com. Prior to his M.B.A. from the Smeal College of Business, Sheehan received a Bachelor of Business Management and Communications degree from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. In addition to his professional experience, he has served on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Smeal MBA program from 2009-2017, and was chair of the Board from 2013-2017. Sheehan is also a member of Young Presidents Organization and also founded “Team Eradicate” raising more than $1.2M in support of cancer research and the Pan-Mass Challenge. Born and raised in Saugus, Massachusetts just outside of Boston, Sheehan has made his way through the Midwest and now south to Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he resides with his amazing wife Tricia (whom he met at Penn State) and his three awesome kids, son Cavan (9), daughter Riley (7) and son Grady (5).

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