As principal of Big Paper Strategy, I am first and foremost as an incredible listener and from there one of Ohio's premiere graphic recorders. I have an engineering degree and I use that base knowledge to understand complex systems, processes, and connections. My eclectic career has included the development of CES award-winning electronics, the bootstrap of a mural enterprise inside of a publicly traded chemical company, the sales of control systems to American manufacturing enterprises, digital marketing, and the continued fight against human trafficking.
I provide a mix of visual support, graphic recording, and digital sketchnotes for events and meetings both in-person and virtual. Goals always include the facilitation of understanding, improved communication, and the ability to create thoughtful strategic paths for organizations. Starting with Big Paper space battles growing up, I have always gravitated to the chalkboard, the whiteboard, and the conceptual. I enjoy Generation X sports such as reading, LinkedIn commenting, falling off of my bicycle and refereeing fights between my dog and the legion of chipmunks that live in the forest next door.
While Big Paper Strategy is only a few years old, my first job as a live illustrator, was in 2009. I was hired by a strategy consultancy firm to be an onsite artist for a publicly traded technology company. Certainly nervous at this new type of work, I practiced, I bought bright markers, I sketched, and... I had the time of my life. A wonderful, overheard compliment from a C-level executive resonated with me:
I had no idea what the heck you guys were talking about until HE drew it for me.
Several years later, I started Big Paper Strategy LLC, and I've found my true calling.
My streaming studio is here in Exotic Peninsula, Ohio (Between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio). Work keeps me busy- but that's not a bad thing when you love what you do!
Recent Podcast Interview
Pierre Quinn interviewed Matt for the Leading While Green Podcast in late 2019. Episode 101 - Drawing for a Living, feature's Matt's back story from engineering, mural artistry, entreprenuership all the way through graphic facilitation.