K. Matt Orban, CEO, at Disneyland with his daughter
K. Matt Orban has been in the steel trading business since his childhood. He fondly recalls standing on a box at the copy and telex machines at age 5, helping Dad with business, eventually becoming a steel salesman at the tender age of 15. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Economics, he joined his father's company full time.
In 1990, he became an equity partner in the business, then president of the company in 2001. Upon his father's passing in 2006, he assumed the role of Chairman and CEO.
His philosophy revolves around the concept of being a world-class, full service trading company. Kurt Orban Partners strives to maintain positive, long-term relationships with its partner suppliers and customers by providing them with the best quality information, market know-how, and service possible.