Shortly after graduating from University of Georgia with a sociology degree, Matthew started his investment career in 1985 with a small North Carolina firm called Interstate Securities. That firm eventually became part of Wachovia Securities, now Wells Fargo Advisors. At the small first brokerage firm he learned the value of truly listening to customers to determine what they needed from their money.

In 2003 he started BrickStreet Equity Management to serve his clients “with unimpaired simplicity.” He manages his accounts with the capable help of Vice President of Operations Karen Cogburn.

“We really are portfolio managers; establishing BrickStreet allows us to give our clients world-class investment advice while eliminating the overhead of a large organization, which helps us prosper too,” he said.

With over three decades of experience managing assets for others, Matthew’s goal is to make sure BrickStreet is a multi-generational firm that serves parents who become grandparents whose grandchildren become part of the BrickStreet family.

Matthew’s vocation is his avocation, but when he’s not researching stocks or talking with clients, he enjoys a diverse number of activities such as flying antique airplanes, playing golf and playing music. His musical activities range from some affiliated with his church, First Baptist of Asheville to performing with a dance party band called the Vinyl Brothers Big Band. He says his fellow band members are all professionals who wannabe rock stars!

Matthew also enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering with nonprofits such as Young Life, a Christian organization that mentors middle and high school students.