An interview with Launch board member Matt Haywood posted 06/04/12

By Joe Sullivan

Matt Haywood of Launch St. LouisTell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in West St. Louis County. Attended SLUH and went to University of Missouri for college. I met my wife Katie at MU. She is from Kansas City and moved to St. Louis after we graduated. We got married 4 years ago and had a son, Jack, in February of 2011. Katie works in commercial real estate for Jones Lang LaSalle and I am a Financial Advisor for Krilogy Financial. I enjoy golfing, grilling, running, and spending time with Jack and Katie.

How did you become involved with Launch?

I was previously the President of the Boys Hope Girls Hope Associate Board. Some of my time was spent updating by-laws and reorganizing the board. After my term ended, I began searching for another organization to join. Mike Hart and Ann Davidson told me the Launch story and I was impressed. I believe we have a significant impact on and opportunity to build St. Louis’ next generation of leaders.

Any summer plans?

This summer is going to be eventful. I am going to Florida twice, to the Lake of the Ozarks twice, to Chicago twice, and a trip to Scottsdale. I don’t know where I am going to find time to play golf. Haha.

The best part of waking up is?

That is an easy one: my son outstretching his arms for me to pick him up from his crib.

If you could learn to doBilly Joel Piano Man anything, what would it be?

I would love to learn to play the piano. There is nothing cooler than sitting down at a piano and hammering out Piano Man to a crowd of friends.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?

It is a tie between “Free” and “Knee Deep” by Zac Brown Band.

Favorite sports team?

Being an MU grad, I love the Tigers, but the Cardinals have given me more excitement and happiness over the past 6 years. (see: Missouri vs Norfolk State)

Mizzou logoIf you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

From previous experience, 21. I was in college at MU. I worked at a golf course, spent time with friends, and played golf whenever I wasn’t in class. Thinking in the future, 55. Hopefully I will be in good shape, my children will be out of the house starting careers and families, and my wife and I will be free to travel and spend more time together.

What are your goals for Launch St. Louis?

My goal at Launch is to provide our partner charities with the knowledge and ideas to recruit dedicated and reliable board members. It is easy to find people who want to “get involved,” but it is difficult to find people who will continually sacrifice their time and efforts for something bigger than themselves. Creating a solid membership, for both our partner charities and Launch, will provide leadership for years to come.

If you knew the world was ending in 2012, what would you do differently?

Work less and spend more time with my family and friends.

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