In the 125 years since Duffy Matot first began and inspired the legacy, Matot has kept pace with the changing industries and is now the primary commercial dumbwaiter manufacturer in the U.S. What has not changed throughout its storied history is the family-owned and operated business model; collaborative, customized approach to its customers’ needs; and commitment to offering the highest quality commercial grade lift solutions to a variety of industries.
As co-president Cece Matot points out, “In our 125 years, we have seen it all. From ropes and pulleys to today’s high speed dumbwaiters with digital technology, today’s Matot teams of sales, manufacturing and customer service professionals ensure that materials are moved the right way, safely and efficiently”.
Matot Owners and Executives
Anne B. Matot, Owner and Co-president
Anne Matot joined the company in 1988, founded by her great-grandfather more than 125 years ago. In her role, Anne is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s operations including strategic management, financial reporting, establishing department-wide budgetary responsibilities, and defining strategic sales efforts.
Anne has contributed her talents to a wide variety of past positions including vice president of finance where she traveled extensively to increase company sales and managed companywide financial matters. Additional experience includes serving as director of human resources which included implementation of a moving plan into the company’s custom-built facility and the initiation of the company safety program.
Anne received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and hotel and restaurant management from the University of Denver, and lives in the northern suburbs with her husband and three children.
Cathryn “Cece” M. Matot, Owner and Co-president
“Cece” Matot joined the company in 1986, founded by her great-grandfather more than 125 years ago. In her role, Cece is responsible for overall profit and growth of the company. She is the lead team member for mergers and acquisitions, and was responsible for forming a manufacturing alliance with American Crescent, a leading material handling company.
Cece also oversees all aspects of Matot’s strategic marketing initiatives including advertising, and marketing, public relations, trades shows and promotions. In addition, she develops new distributorships comprised of both start-up businesses and established elevator companies. During her tenure, Cece has served as a production scheduler, plant manager, purchasing and inventory control manager, information systems director and vice president of marketing. Prior to joining Matot, Cece was a petroleum geologist focusing on U.S. oil and gas exploration.
Cece is a member of the National Association of Elevator Contractors and the Chicago Elevator Association; is on the Board of Directors of Project Exploration; and is a former Board of Governors & Founding Family member of the Loyola Family Business Center.
Cece holds a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from Loyola University, Chicago, and a Bachelor’s Degree in geology from Colorado College. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.
Jim Piper, Executive Vice President
Jim joined Matot in 2014 as Executive Vice President and is responsible for maximizing the organization’s operating performance while achieving its financial goals. Jim has responsibility for the engineering, manufacturing and sales divisions within Matot. In addition, Jim is a member of the executive management team and is leading the long term strategic planning exercises that will guarantee growth and success for the next generation of family owners.
Prior to joining Matot, Jim worked in a variety of capacities at several global manufacturing companies in design, engineering, R&D, technical sales, engineering management and executive management roles. He has worked for both U.S. and European based companies in domestic and overseas locations.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Additionally, he completed advanced studies in Electrical Engineering at Lancaster University in the UK. He currently lives in St. Charles with his family.
Jim Peskuski, Senior Vice President, Sales
Jim has been part of the Matot team since 1972, with the longest tenure history with the company and is a member of the executive management team. In his current role, he is responsible for management of all commercial sales functions, with emphasis on large account customer relations.
In addition, Jim oversees sales reports, forecasts and all aspects of Matot’s strategic business plan. During his vice president tenure, he initiated product introduction and marketing efforts for new products including residence elevators, electronic signal fixture chimes and automatic transfer dumbwaiter systems.
Jim began his Matot career as a customer service representative followed by sales manager.
James received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Illinois State University. He is the chair of the Dumbwaiter/Lift committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers A.17 Code for Elevators. James is also an authorized presenter for the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education programs relating to vertical material handling systems and applications. James lives in Wheaton, Illinois.
Scott Holat, Vice President/Product Manager, Residential Elevators
Scott joined Matot in 1991 and is a member of the executive management team. He is responsible for management and product development of all residential sales functions. In addition, Scott oversees all sales aspects of Matot’s strategic business plan. Before that, he was responsible for automating the sales systems and processes to better manage and monitor quotations, orders and overall tracking of customer activity.
Scott began his Matot career as sales manager followed by engineering manager. Prior to joining Matot, Scott was an application sales engineer in the accessibility lift industry.
Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch College and an Associate’s degree in mechanical design from Waukesha Area Technical College. He is a member of the Residential Elevator committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers A.17 Code for Elevators. Scott lives in Wisconsin with his wife.
Theresa Fitzgerald, Vice President, Finance
Theresa is a member of the Matot executive management team and is responsible for every aspect of finance, accounting, purchasing and inventory management. In addition, she was responsible for transitioning the company’s comprehensive software system and oversaw a system upgrade to better manage and monitor Matot’s sales volume.
Prior to joining Matot, Theresa served as controller of Vertiflex Company where she strengthened the company’s different divisions regarding proper cash flow and to allow for additional planning capabilities. She also instituted a program for cross-training office personnel and implemented policies and procedures for employee reviews and performance appraisals.
As a certified public accountant, Theresa has also held previous financial positions, including controller at Matot for seven years; manager at Popowcer & Company, Ltd; and audit and accounting manager at Laventhol & Horwath.
Theresa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Milliken University and is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society (ILCPA). She lives in Elmhurst with her family.
Matot serves a broad range of industries with our extensive product line. We have varying types of dumbwaiters for all industries to serve all your needs.
With the most sophisticated design outputs in the business we can get you the drawings, specs and budgets you need to secure your project and keep it moving ahead. Our Planning Center has everything from basic information to final drawings.
Thinking Inside the Box means determining the best product for your project. Determine what you need to lift, the size of the materials, available space and where the contents need to go.