Bradenton, Florida-based retailer Beall’s Inc. announced on Friday that Robert Matthews Beall III (Matt) has been named chief executive officer.
Matt is the fourth in a succession of leaders from the Beall family that has guided the company to thrive and prosper for more than 100 years. He is the great-grandson of Robert Matthews Beall, Sr, who founded the company in 1915. Egbert “ER” Beall, Matt’s grandfather, joined his dad in the business in 1940. After starting out as a store manager in 1970 Matt’s father, Robert M. Beall II (Bob), led the company as president and CEO from 1980 through 2006 and then remained on as chairman of the Board until his retirement in 2017.
Matt began his retail career while in college. He worked in the West Bradenton Beall’s Store as a sales associate and then at the Beall’s Outlet distribution center processing merchandise. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in business, Matt moved to Manhattan and began work for Ross Stores as an assistant buyer. Two years later, Matt returned to Florida and earned his MBA from Stetson University. He joined the family business in 2004 as a buyer for Beall’s Outlet and has spent the past 15 years working his way up in Beall’s and Beall’s Outlet. His experience includes serving as a store manager and working in nearly every corporate function including buying, planning, marketing, exclusive brands, finance, logistics, and store operations. Most recently, Matt has served as the president of Beall’s Stores.
Matt assumes the CEO role from Steve Knopik, who was the first non-family member to lead the company.
“Matt Beall is a brilliant and decisive executive who cares deeply about our company, our associates and our guests,” said Knopik. “The Board, the senior leadership team, and I have great confidence that he will guide us to even greater heights in the future.”