Matt is from West Des Moines, Iowa. His background is in Real Estate and Finance, but he has been serving at Wildwood Hills Ranch since 2004. Prior to his involvement at the Ranch, Matt enjoyed utilizing his finance degree from Iowa State and owned just under $1,000,000 worth of real estate in the Des Moines market. Since those days he has helped fulfill the mission at Wildwood Hills Ranch and has counseled and encouraged thousands of youth to break cycles of dysfunction. He as seen youth involved at Wildwood be the first in family history to graduate High School and attend college.
It has been said that Matt enjoys long walks in the park and candlelight dinners, but he actually prefers spending time with family, playing football, golfing, watching basketball, and traveling. Matt has been to 5 continents and 16 different countries. He believes that many of the problems in our society, and around the globe, are caused by fathers failing to follow through with their responsibilities. Matt believes the reason he was put on earth is to defend the cause of the fatherless. For years Matt has been caught reciting the quote “a ship in the harbor is safe…but that is not why ships are built.” He lives this quote in his daily life as he ventures into the shattered lives of young people and teaches them to navigate a better course.
Matt spends his free time with his beautiful wife Jena and daughter’s Bekah and Maddie, their family, and close friends. He works hard to build solid relationships and it is evident he places a high value on his relationships with others.