34, Vice President, Solmet Technologies
What motivates or inspires you to better the community?
I was raised in Stark County by two parents who were/are very active in our community, and they taught me the importance of giving back and making a positive impact. Now that I have two children of my own, I want to set a positive example for them while doing my part to make a difference in the place I call home.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
The day you stop learning is the day you start dying. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t learn something new, and I am very fortunate to be able to surround myself with talented people in both my professional life as well as my personal life.
What advice would you give the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County?
There are a lot of people who want to paint Stark County in a bad light. Unfortunately, in many cases, those same people are from Stark County. Don’t let the noise stop you from doing something great.
What’s the most challenging part(s) of your job? How do you tackle these obstacles?
Solmet is a fairly small business with only 60 employees; therefore, we all tend to wear a lot of hats. This is a challenge but also one of the parts I enjoy most about my day. Organization is key, and I live and die by my calendar.
“Matt embodies the qualities of a great young community and business leader. Like many Stark County residents, Matt had numerous opportunities in large metropolitan areas upon graduation from Ohio University. Matt chose to come back home and start working for Solmet Technologies, which is owned by his father, Joe.”
• Hoover High School
• Ohio University, Bachelor of Science in communications, Scripps School of Communication
In the community
• Member of the board of trustees for Leadership Stark County
• Current chairman of the board of directors at the Canton Palace Theatre
• Has been a volunteer leader for the Stark Sharks special needs swim team for more than 20 years
• Completed Leadership Stark County and was part of the 24th class (2010-11) and is now part of the executive board
• Awarded the George H. Harvey Memorial Award by The Greater Canton Aquatic Association for his contributions as a coach of the Stark Sharks.
• Wife: Stacy Halter
• Children: Maxwell and Alexandra
• Parents: Joe and Nancy
• Matthew Hunt, attorney, KWGD