“I am so blessed to live in America and to be able to do things you could have never imagined and to have the freedom to be able to do it,” says 64-year-old Matt Stuller, the founder and chairman of Stuller, Inc., the largest jewelry manufacturing and distribution facility in North America, headquartered in Lafayette.
Revered as an industry and philanthropic icon, Stuller credits his company’s 46 years of success to the quality and dynamics of his Acadiana employees. “They are loving, friendly, respect each other and work hard, yet love to have a good time. This is what really makes Stuller, Inc. stand out from the rest in the country.”
At Stuller’s core is his Christian faith and respect for people. “I’ve always worked so hard to be fair and kind, and to look at every individual as a miracle because they are special in God’s eyes.”
Those same characteristics run deep in The Stuller Family Foundation, which has granted Acadiana schools and nonprofit organizations tens of millions of dollars in an effort to, as Stuller says, pay it forward. “There is a never-ending need to help society be better, and that is why we love helping churches, schools and the pro-active side of our society.”