As a live illustrator, Matt is an incredible listener. He can quickly understand complex systems, processes, and connections with a base knowledge and degree in engineering. His eclectic and generalist career includes the development of CES award-winning electronics, the bootstrap of a digital print enterprise inside of OMNOVA Solutions, the sales of control systems to American manufacturing enterprises, digital marketing, and the continued fight against human trafficking.
Matt provides a mix of visual support, graphic recording, and digital sketchnotes for events and meetings. 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, he gravitated to the chalkboard, the whiteboard, and the conceptual.
Matt lives with his family between Cleveland and Akron, in Peninsula, Ohio.
That Recession when he Answered a Craigslist Ad
It was 2009, and the great recession was on! Matt answered a craigslist ad posted by a consulting firm to be an onsite artist at Diebold corporate, a leading global ATM Manufacturer. Certainly nervous at this new type of work, he practiced, bought bright markers, and had the time of his life. A wonderful, overheard compliment from a C-level executive resonated:
I had no idea what the heck you guys were talking about until HE drew it for me.
Several years later, Matt started Big Paper Strategy LLC, and now he is finally in his element.
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.