E&H Mass Comm Student Story: Emmett Donavan highlights Steve Matney’s busy life

Posted by Monica Hoel
This is part of a series of stories by members of the 2022 E&H Mass Comm 302 Class. 

Between three different jobs and his family life, Steve Matney has found that staying busy these days is the right choice for him. In short, there’s “no rest for the chemist.”

After graduating with a double major in chemistry and geography, Steve Matney’s career in the pharmaceutical industry was the logical next step. However, Matney explained that he would not be fully satisfied with staking all his time into one venture.

Alongside 27 years in pharmaceutical companies such as King, Pfizer, and now UPM Pharmaceuticals, Matney currently co-owns two different businesses: Abingdon General Store and Abingdon Fitness.

The General Store was opened in January of 2021 when Matney and co-owner Hunter Dannhardt decided they needed a place where they could sell antiques from their personal collections alongside a variety of community-run booths. Although the storefront is often managed by hired staff, Matney works behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.

Abingdon Fitness, on the other hand, is a 24-hour gym that he opened with his brother-in-law, David Meadows, to provide those in the area with a clean and well-stocked fitness center. Like Abingdon General, the gym is run by a team of hired staff and Matney oversees that all things are functioning as they should.

He explained that these ventures were great opportunities to generate income and “further invest in the future.”

So, what does a day in the life of Steve Matney look like?

“It’s pretty busy,” he said through a laugh. He explained that he divides his time between his full-time job at UPM, his businesses in Abingdon, and his main priorities: his wife and daughter.

A typical workday involves a morning at UPM, followed by spending time with his family and ensuring that they have all that they need, according to Matney. This includes helping his 15-year-old daughter, Aubrey Matney, train for her school basketball games.

In the afternoons, he attends to the work that needs to be done at the general store and the fitness center.

“We’ve got a lot keeping us busy, but it’s fun,” he said. “It’s better than sitting around not doing anything.”

Whether he is attending to his career at UPM, his ventures in Abingdon, or the basketball hoops with his daughter, Matney says that he prefers to always keep things moving in his life. Thorough time management skills are a must-have for those balancing out multiple jobs and their family life.

The next time you are in Downtown Abingdon, take a trip to Abingdon General Store on West Main Street to learn more about the life and ventures of Steve Matney.

 

Story by Emmett DonavanE&H class of 2024Mass Comm MajorRoanoke, VAStory by
Emmett Donavan
E&H class of 2024
Mass Comm Major
Roanoke, VA

  • Steve Matney
    E&H Class of 1994

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1122-dr-cortney-halsey-jessee-continues-commitment-to"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/5791_IMG_1051_1.rev.1546634866.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/5791_IMG_1051_1.rev.1546634866.JPG 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/5791_IMG_1051_1.rev.1546634866.JPG" alt="Cortney Halsey and Jeremiah Jessee in full academic regalia." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="600" data-max-h="600" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1122-dr-cortney-halsey-jessee-continues-commitment-to">Dr. Cortney Halsey Jessee Continues Commitment to Service</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Cortney is an occupational therapist at Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center. <a href="/live/news/1122-dr-cortney-halsey-jessee-continues-commitment-to" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/715-micah-morris-chosen-by-national-leaders-council"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,250,250/6034_Micah_Morris.rev.1551713188.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,250,250/6034_Micah_Morris.rev.1551713188.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,250,250/6034_Micah_Morris.rev.1551713188.jpg" alt="Micah Morris, E&H Class of '09" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="250" data-max-h="250" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/715-micah-morris-chosen-by-national-leaders-council">Micah Morris Chosen by National Leaders Council for 2019 Fellowship</a></h4></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1669-eamph-alumni-partners-with-community-organizations"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/140,0,646,505/9387_binoculars_2.rev.1613007201.png 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/140,0,646,505/9387_binoculars_2.rev.1613007201.png" alt="Woman with binoculars" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="506" data-max-h="505" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1669-eamph-alumni-partners-with-community-organizations">E&H Alumni Partners with Community Organizations for the Sake of Science</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> E&H teamed up with the Holston Rivers Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist and the Smyth County Public Libraries to do an online educational event that challenged us to step away from our computer screens. <a href="/live/news/1669-eamph-alumni-partners-with-community-organizations" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>