Meet Matt Bitzer
CEO & Co-founder
Where are you from and how did you wind up at Blue Magnet Interactive?
I hail from the black 'n white, Pleasantville town known as Naperville in the great Midwestern state of Illinois. And I didn't so much wind up at Blue Magnet Interactive as I did build it up around me with the help of co-founder Chris Jones. Building our careers at the nexus of the digital marketing and hotel industries, we soon realized that hoteliers were in need of digital marketing support from an agency they could trust. Blue Magnet was borne of that ideal.
What about Blue Magnet/your role at Blue Magnet do you love most?
The thing I love most about Blue Magnet is the people. This team comprises some of the most dedicated, creative, hardworking, interesting, and fun people in the city. People join Blue Magnet because of who we are and new clients work with us because of our talented team. I love coming to work every day because I know that this team of extraordinary individuals is always striving to make Blue Magnet a better company.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Chicago is the world's epicenter for comedy. From pie-in-the-face gags to spit-takes, one-liners, and world-renowned sketch comedies, Chicago has given birth to the careers of some of the funniest men and women of all time. Even our politicians elicit laughter from the rest of the country, though not necessarily for their sense of humor. With so much funny coursing through the streets of this town, my favorite thing to do in Chicago is enjoy the amazing sketch comedy at The Second City theater.
What's a fun fact about you?
I won a sofa as a contestant on The Price Is Right back in 2010.
If we lived in a world without internet, what would be your alternate career?
I'm pretty sure the world would crumble into an post-apocalyptic hellscape if that ever happened, so in that dystopian alternate reality of chaos and disorder I would probably make a living as an architect, helping to rebuild the tattered remains of civilization as we once knew it.
If you could have dinner with anyone (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be and why?
Doctor Emmett Lathrop Brown: I find his theories on time travel fascinating.
What is your favorite/least favorite punctuation mark?
Ellipses...I think people tend to get carried away with this one and use it in inappropriate places.
If a restaurant were to name a sandwich after you, what would be on it?
Thinly sliced, oven-roasted chicken, melted Swiss cheese, lettuce, and raw onions, topped with a generous portion of Stubbs spicy BBQ sauce, served on a toasted honey wheat bagel, and made with love.
What song pumps you up/gets your creative juices flowing?
Birdhouse in Your Soul by They Might Be Giants