Sun, 21 July 2013
Matt is a native of Hawthorne, New Jersey -a few miles outside of NYC. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Matt earned and accepted a commission in the United States Navy.
Matt specialized in nuclear submarine operations and nuclear power generation during his military career. He served on several fast-attack Los Angeles class submarine, and completed many classified missions vital to National Security during multiple extended deployments.
Highlights of other assignments include: Instructor of “Officer Submarine Tactics” at Navy’s Submarine School (concurrently, he earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut), an inspector with the Nuclear Propulsion Examination Board, and an 18-month tour with COMMANDER MIDDLE EAST FORCE for which he volunteered.
After retiring from military service, Matt entered the world of Mergers & Acquisitions. In his first step, Matt acquired an existing business that was barely breathing in a struggling Hawaii and national economy. The business had five active clients, and in less than six months, Matt increased that amount to over 100. Shortly, thereafter, Matt founded, staffed, and trained “Smith Floyd Mergers & Acquisitions” which continues to grow and thrive. Smith Floyd Hawaii has assisted over 100 business owners in the successful sale of their business during one of the worst economic periods in our lifetime.
In 2011, Matt was selected by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of the twenty people likely to positively impact the Hawaii business community in the next twenty years. “Twenty for twenty, Class of 2011.”
As a staunch advocate for small businesses, Matt launched a campaign for US Congress in 2012. He lost in the primary election, but is determined to learn from the tremendous experience and get back into the ring someday.
In addition to his active role on the public speaking circuit, Matt hosts a weekly radio show, “The Smith Floyd Water Cooler” which can be heard on Wednesday mornings at 11am on KGU-AM 760 Wall Street Network. The show services and advocates for the community on all matters related to local business operations. Archives can be heard on iTunes under “Matt DiGeronimo, Business is Always Personal”