As a first-generation college student, Matt utilized student loans, several jobs, and grants to pay his way through college. He graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Urban and Regional Planning and Development. Later he used his background as a county planning and inspections director to start a career in home building and development. As a small business owner, he champions present and future entrepreneurs by chairing The Committee of 100, serving on the Economic Development Committee and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce boards in order to stimulate growth and provide opportunities for businesses to flourish. Matt is also a member of the Master Layout Planning Committee for the Triangle North Regional Airport and the Comprehensive Development Plan Steering Committee.