Matt was born in McMinnville, Tennessee and moved to Fort Myers in 1984. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Florida Gulf Coast University, Lutgert College of Business, and remains active with the university through the FGCU Foundation scholarship program. Matt enjoys traveling, FGCU athletics, history, and an active lifestyle that includes running and playing basketball.
Matt entered the appraisal industry in 2003 as a staff appraiser for Gulf Coast Appraisal & Associates. In 2005, he joined Maxwell & Hendry Valuation Services, Inc. to launch a residential division of the firm. He served as the manager of the residential division until being named a partner in 2013. The firm was then reorganized as Maxwell, Hendry, & Simmons, LLC. Matt specializes in the appraisal of high-value, complex residential properties throughout the firm’s coverage area. His expertise includes forensic valuation work for eminent domain, zoning matters, family law, foreclosure/deficiency actions, bankruptcy, VAB appeals, and general civil litigation. Matt also reviews assignments produced by the residential division of the firm. In addition to his appraisal license, Matt holds a real estate broker license and is a Candidate for designation with the Appraisal Institute, pursuing his MAI and SRA designations.
Matt is active with the Real Estate Investment Society, having served on the Board of Governors and currently serving as an officer. He is an FHA/HUD Approved Appraiser and has been a guest lecturer for several years at Florida Gulf Coast University, Lutgert College of Business. In 2012, Matt was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board. He is the youngest appointee in the history of FREAB and served as the 2014 Chairman. Matt is qualified as an expert witness in Florida District Court: 20th and 7th Judicial Circuits, and in U.S. District Court: Middle District of Florida.