Matt began working in financial services as a junior member and corporate pilot in 1995 under the tutelage of two successful business/wealth managers who served as a resource to accounting firms in succession, executive benefits and asset protection—ultimately starting a franchise under their umbrella. He was subsequently acquired by a consulting firm, where he focused upon corporate succession strategies and institutional retirement consulting. After another acquisition, Matt joined Merrill Lynch in 2005 and worked with them (including managing an office location) until he formed the Harbour Wealth Management team of Raymond James in 2012. In 2021, the Harbour Wealth Management team formed its own RIA under the same name.
He received his BS degree from Purdue University in Aeronautical Engineering, majoring in aviation economics. Matt is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., a Certified Investment Management Analyst(r), a Chartered Life Underwriter®, and a Chartered Financial Consultant®. Matt is a member of the Investments and Wealth Institute, Financial Planning Association, Mt Pleasant Rotary Club and Mt Pleasant Presbyterian Church as well as a Chamber ‘Leadership Charleston’ graduate.
Matt is a current member of the Board of Charleston Jazz, has previously been on the Council of Advocates for Metanoia, and has been involved in many other charities such as Big Brothers (as a Big) and Junior Achievement. Matt has always had a passion for helping youth: while Chair of Charleston Jazz, he started the Jazz Academy, which has given music scholarships to hundreds of youth and impacted thousands of young students; he was a Big Brother for several years to a wonderful young man; he has taught karate at Metanoia’s summer Freedom School for over 10 years to elementary school kids; he organized/recruited for Rotary Reader for several years helping hundreds of youth; been a Junior Achievement volunteer at numerous schools; coached (horribly) many youth teams; and regularly gives to many charities focused on youth education/empowerment.
Matt lives in Mt Pleasant, SC with his beautiful wife Alissa and wonderful son Matthew.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, and in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
Investments & Wealth Institute™ (The Institute) is the owner of the certification marks “CIMA®” and “Certified Investment Management Analyst℠.” Use of CIMA® and/or Certified Investment Management Analyst℠ signifies that the user has successfully completed The Institute's initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for investment management professionals.
Chartered Financial Consultants® (ChFC®) are financial consultants that demand excellence of themselves and their team. They embody this commitment to excellence by fulfilling the requirements for the ChFC® designation, which includes at least three years of experience in financial planning, completing a specified program of study and continuously upholding a high standard of professionalism. A ChFC® is able to evaluate your financial well-being, identify areas of concern and help you address them by developing and implementing a financial plan that emphasizes your financial strengths, while reducing your financial weaknesses.