Matt has over twenty-five years experience in government and the private sector, in crisis management, disaster planning and response, business continuity, intellectual property protection, workplace violence prevention, high-risk travel security, threat assessment, special event planning, and investigations. His consulting covers clients in entertainment, video gaming, financial services, manufacturing, and retail industries around the globe in a variety of locations.
Prior to founding BGI, Matt was Head of Corporate Security at DreamWorks Animation SKG. In this entertainment-technology environment, he oversaw security initiatives worldwide. Before his appointment at DreamWorks, Matt spent fifteen years in law enforcement in a variety of assignments including investigations, recruiting, training, media relations, and community outreach. As a detective, he investigated kidnappings for ransom and highly complex financial fraud, among others.
Matt planned and coordinated for visits at DreamWorks of President Barack Obama in 2013 and Israeli President Shimon Peres in 2012. He has coordinated security for major sporting events at Staples Center, the USC Galen Center, the Seattle Convention Center, Wembley Arena in London and the Zenith in Paris. He continues to work collaboratively with major movie studios in content protection and global, anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting programs.
He is a Certified Business Continuity Planning Professional and an Infrastructure Liaison Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He earned an MA in public administration at the University of Southern California, and a BA in sociology at the University of Michigan. He completed a Ph.D. from USC, with an emphasis on how emerging technology is changing the face of corporate security. Matt is adjunct faculty at USC, and in 2013, he was named to the Security 500 list as a Top Security Leader.