Matt has lived in Salem since he was 12 years old. He graduated from Sprague High School and went on to graduate from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA with a degree in Athletic Training. From there he did post-baccalaureate work at Western Oregon University before earning a Master's degree in Sports Administration from Florida International University. Soon, Salem called him home and he fell in love with the process of building and designing homes. He is also a licensed Real Estate Broker with HomeSmart Realty Group in Salem. He is also currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of Marion and Polk Counties.