Matt is a lifelong resident of Northwest Ohio. He attended the University of Ashland where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance. After his undergraduate experience, Matt began his career in banking, working as a branch manager for a local bank. A lifelong learner, the pursuit of continuing education brought Matt to Bowling Green State University to earn his Master’s of Business Administration and eventually his Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies. While at Bowling Green State University, Matt worked as a graduate research assistant helping professors quantify their qualitative research. Until this point, Matt had always been a “numbers guy” focused on quantitative research; however, the experience working on qualitative research opened Matt to the world of social sciences. Matt became fascinated with emotional intelligence theory and spent his doctoral studies researching the topic. Eventually, Matt co-authored a study of emotional intelligence in the martial arts, presented at the Critical Questions in Education conference, and wrote his dissertation An exploration of the relationship between principal leadership, emotional intelligence, and student achievement.
After graduating with his doctorate degree, Matt started at The Andersons, Inc. Matt has developed and facilitates a course on Positive Team Leadership focused on emotional intelligence competencies. Matt is also currently an adjunct professor at The University of Toledo and teaches courses in learning and development and human resource management.