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/2288-cody-carruth-just-solved-the-eamph-mystery-from"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/203,719,1242,1757/11076_IMG-7021.rev.1648648882.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/203,719,1242,1757/11076_IMG-7021.rev.1648648882.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/203,719,1242,1757/11076_IMG-7021.rev.1648648882.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/203,719,1242,1757/11076_IMG-7021.rev.1648648882.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/203,719,1242,1757/11076_IMG-7021.rev.1648648882.JPG 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/203,719,1242,1757/11076_IMG-7021.rev.1648648882.JPG" alt="Cody Carruth E&H Class of 2018" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/203,719,1242,1757/11076_IMG-7021.rev.1648648882.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/203,719,1242,1757/11076_IMG-7021.rev.1648648882.JPG 3x" data-max-w="1039" data-max-h="1038" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2288-cody-carruth-just-solved-the-eamph-mystery-from">Cody Carruth Just Solved the E&H Mystery from This Week’s “America’s Song Contest.”</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Are you watching NBC’s “America’s Song Contest”? Did you notice a little Emory & Henry Easter Egg this week?</p><a href="/live/news/2288-cody-carruth-just-solved-the-eamph-mystery-from" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1590-eamph-invited-back-to-coa-topics-range-from-bats"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/120,0,480,360/9216_bird.rev.1609964960.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/120,0,480,360/9216_bird.rev.1609964960.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/120,0,480,360/9216_bird.rev.1609964960.jpg" alt="Dr. Steven Hopp will talk about birds and birding. (This is a Common Yellowthroat.)" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="360" data-max-h="360" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1590-eamph-invited-back-to-coa-topics-range-from-bats">E&H Invited Back to COA: Topics Range from Bats to Barbershop!</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center’s College for Online Adults has invited Emory & Henry to participate in their winter class. All classes are offered free of charge and online. E&H will offer six sessions! <a href="/live/news/1590-eamph-invited-back-to-coa-topics-range-from-bats" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2106-family-traditions"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,92,243,335/10510_IMG-2694.rev.1637190198.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,92,243,335/10510_IMG-2694.rev.1637190198.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,92,243,335/10510_IMG-2694.rev.1637190198.jpg" alt="Erika Wright (left, Emory & Henry Class of 2011) with her father and sister in traditional re..." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="243" data-max-h="243" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2106-family-traditions">Family Traditions</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Traditions are important for most families. But family traditions might be just a little more crucial to Erika Wright. As a member of the Virginia indigenous tribe Cheroenhaka (Nottoway), Erika understands that traditions are more than just something to share with other family members: traditions are a matter of cultural survival. <a href="/live/news/2106-family-traditions" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1772-orion-rummler-is-a-name-to-watch"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/193,124,668,600/9762_Orion.rev.1619025843.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/193,124,668,600/9762_Orion.rev.1619025843.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/193,124,668,600/9762_Orion.rev.1619025843.jpg" alt="Orion Rummler, E&H Class of 2018." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="475" data-max-h="476" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1772-orion-rummler-is-a-name-to-watch">Orion Rummler is a Name to Watch</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Orion Rummler changed his major after the 2016 election. <a href="/live/news/1772-orion-rummler-is-a-name-to-watch" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>