Professional Training & Experience
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2005
Project Engineer in Chicago, IL: 2005 - 2007
Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI: 2007 - 2013
Construction Consultant in Grand Rapids, MI: 2013 - 2015
Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Michigan (Since 2009) as well as in Uganda (Since 2016)
Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2013
After graduating from Illinois with an emphasis in Structural Engineering, Matt decided to turn his energy towards Construction Management, using his passion for collaboration and teamwork as well as focusing on the entire construction process. After working for 2 years in Chicago, he decided to return to his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI successfully completing several large projects there and gaining invaluable knowledge and experience in Construction Management. Eventually, this brought him to an independent construction consulting firm. Through the years, Matt acquired his PE License in the State of Michigan as well as his PMP License.
Matt and his family made the leap of faith from the corporate world into ministry during the end of 2015 and moved to Uganda. Ever since he and his wife met in 2008, they had discussed the possibility of moving overseas, but Matt struggled to find a good fit with his construction management background. Through eMi, Matt was able to find a way to serve in an already established CM department in the Uganda office. This would allow Matt the opportunity to train up local men and women in construction management and further the development of CM programs in the majority world. One of the greatest parts of the CM Program is the ability to directly impact the life of men and women on the jobsite through spiritual, financial, physical, and emotional means. Matt is currently helping to build The Amazima Secondary School near Jinja, Uganda.
Matt and Patrice have three little ones (Abigail 2011), Isaac (2013), and Hannah (2015). Patrice is busy with homeschooling and caring for the children. Matt and his family are currently living in Jinja, Uganda.