Matt graduated from College of the Ozarks with a B.S. in Business and a Minor in Communication. He then went on to obtain a Master of Arts degree from Central Missouri State University. However prior to teaching, Matt was self-employed for almost 20 years. He and his business partner started a video production company in 1997. During that time, he and his business partner obtained a US patent on a redesign of a chainsaw blade. He has taught at OTC for the past 8 years.