A transplant from Sterling Heights, Matt Gregor has spent the past year working hard to establish roots in the Port Huron community.
So much so he disappeared from the BWYP for months on end after he joined the group in early 2015. The reason? He was setting up his own Axa Advisors office in downtown Port Huron with his business partner. There he works 70+ hour weeks as a financial consultant for investments and insurance.
He’s taken a break from his tireless work schedule to rediscover the group for reasons any newcomer would: to meet people, get involved in the community and find things to do.
Matt wants the group to continue precisely what it has been doing in the community by being a force of change, with projects like the Black River Walk.
“Being new to town myself, I would like to see it become more attractive to other people,” he said.
Recently he has volunteered his time to help the YPs with the Kegs N Ks fundraiser. Matt also believes in giving back to the community and devotes one lunch break a week to being a lunch buddy at Woodrow Wilson Elementary.
When he isn’t working, Matt spends time playing with his cat, Holly, and indulging in his passion for music.
Just this summer he has travel to Detroit, Cincinnati, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, New York, Denver and many other cities to hear his favorite bands like Phish, Umphrey’s McGee and the Grateful Dead live in concert.
But being self employed doesn’t allow endless trips to concerts. “You’ve got to work hard to play hard. Truly,” he said.
Matt is studying for his Certified Financial Planner designation on top of building up his business. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University in 2010 for Supply Chain Management. And he wants to continue to build the community.
“I really like the area and look forward to living here long-term,” he said.