Matt Frederick earned his degree and commission from the United States Naval Academy. He was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 and deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with Regimental Combat Team 5 as an infantry commander. His military decorations include Navy and Marine Commendation Medals, Navy and Marine Achievement Medals, and numerous other medals and honors.
Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Matt completed his Master’s of Business Administration from Louisiana State University before being recruited and hired as a project manager by Williams Companies in Houston, Texas where he quickly rose through the ranks to direct operations in their expanding pipeline business unit. In addition to taking on these new corporate roles, Matt challenged himself to get more involved in the community when he began developing an initiative with multiple government and private entities to serve low income neighborhoods throughout Houston metroplex. His vision is to establish and operate a Save-A-Lot food store in order to bring fresh healthy groceries to underserved communities in the region that will also create local jobs while serving a need in communities that have been largely neglected by private and public investment.
Since taking on Houston’s food deserts, Matt also found time to found and serve as the volunteer president of Houston Veterans in Energy (HVE). HVE is an innovative platform that brings returning military together with mentors and employers in the energy, manufacturing, and industrial construction sectors with the goal of ensuring Houston, the country’s 2nd largest population of veterans, has significantly less military unemployment. HVE hosts weekly events and workshops that assist veterans in translating their extensive skills and experience from the military to that of the civilian workforce. Through HVE Matt has helped dozens of veterans find their next career successfully through these innovative networking platforms.
Finally, volunteers as a board member for the Lone Star Veterans Association (LSVA), the largest network of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the State of Texas. As a volunteer board member, Matt continues leads efforts focusing on internal program and process improvement and resource development for the growing organization.