Featured Leaders : Matthew Burdick
Employees at Blair Carlisle take many different paths throughout their journey – that’s why we sat down with Matthew Burdick, Chief Information Officer and Staff Auditor at Blair Carlisle, to talk about how he is driving an culture of security first and impacting the company’s rapid growth.
Where are you from? How did you start your journey at Blair Carlisle?
I was raised in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Denver, CO to be closer to the activities I love outside of work. I’ve worked in Information Technology and Security across different industries and eventually ended up in IT Risk consulting/professional services.
How long have you been at Blair Carlisle? What has changed during your tenure?
I’ve been with Blair Carlise for 16 months now. I would say the speed of our operations have increased due to the Corona virus, however, we’re taking a “spring cleaning” approach to our operations. Processes are being reviewed and refined and we’re creating a more robust remote consulting environment. We’re basically turning “traditional” IT risk management on its head!
Tell me about your role as Chief Information Office at Blair Carlisle.
I was recruited by Blair Carlise to help provide a comprehensive compliance and IT risk management consulting structure that is inline with today’s cloud based clients and improve processes, procedures and overall strategy. My role is also to help with various programs to help continue to drive a more inclusive company culture.
What attracted you to Blair Carlisle?
Blair Carlise is on the precipice of massive growth, and I found that exciting. I felt that my work would impact growth and make a difference. I also liked the idea of coming to a smaller company where I can put names and faces together and truly get to know who we work with. I invite and encourage employees to reach out to me to say hello, and I look forward to meeting everyone at some point soon.
If you could describe Blair Carlisle in one word, what would it be?
The firm is at a precipice and it’s time to fly or fall – we either jump or step back. Blair Carlise is ready to make that jump, and that’s incredibly bold.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned at Blair Carlisle?
When you encounter a roadblock, be relentless and keep pushing.
If I have an idea or strategy that doesn’t initially go as planned, I take a step back to reevaluate my game-plan, chat with a mentor and talk to stakeholders to get an idea of potential blind-spots. Then I recraft the plan and head back towards that roadblock.
What is your favorite part about working at Blair Carlisle?
I love the opportunity to partner with so many clients in different industries with individual requirements and new environments. Our employees work very hard, and I see a commitment to Blair Carlise’s value of “Be the A team” from the entire organization.
What surprised you most about working at Blair Carlisle?
I was really surprised by how ready the company is for change and progress. It’s always a good thing when your company is nimble and light on its feet.
What do you do for fun outside of Blair Carlisle?
I love spending time with my dog Shana. We enjoy traveling and exploring new places and experiences.
What is your motto/personal mantra?
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Always bring your best to every encounter.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I have my glider and private pilot licenses
What’s the best advice you could give someone trying to enter the industry?
Sell your abilities, not just your experience.
What’s the most rewarding part about working for Blair Carlisle?
The most rewarding part about working for Blair Carlise is the opportunity to make an impact in information Security practices that matters.