Meet Matt: Our Creative Problem Solver

Matt settled down with us back in 2011 after a winding career in technology. He worked with a local web design company and traveled around the country to restaurants installing and training people on Point of Sales systems. Matt now manages our third party relationships, helps design custom solutions for our clients, and finds the right solution at the lowest possible price – that’s a tall order. With his background and talents in home improvement, it’s a natural fit. All of us at Howard Tech appreciate Matt for his ability to juggle multiple tasks, while making very important and meticulous decisions for us and our clients on their technologies. Learn a little more about Matt here.

I joined Howard Tech Advisors …

To help build a better company. When Ananta and I first spoke in 2010, his vision really left an impression on me. Months later, I found myself thinking about Howard Tech and reached out. Wouldn’t you know it, they were ready to add another team member. Team member number 4 to be exact. Now we are at 24 and growing each year. The rest they say, is history.

My role is such a good fit because…

For as long as I can remember, I have always wondered how things work. Yes, I was one of those kids who took radios apart, just to see the inside. When I received my first computer, I couldn’t just buy a prebuilt one. I needed to research and select the parts myself, and learn how they went together. I’ve been hooked ever since.

To decompress from everyday life, I …

Go camping. It’s my favorite activity. Yes, I still camp in a tent, however I have upgraded to a cot. This year I am hoping to make it up to Acadia National Park for 10 days of rest and relaxation. I also enjoy going to concerts, including Dave Matthews Band. I have been to roughly 60 shows and counting at this point. I also like to read and let’s not forget about the never ending home improvement projects that seem to take up much of my time.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of camping are …

When I went camping in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for about 2 weeks. I was with my grandparents and roughly 80 other kids from different kayaking, canoeing, and other outdoor camps. It was a blast. I almost moved there.

My other vivid memory is when I went camping with a large group of kids in Northeastern Canada. We drove for over 12 hours to get there and then had to take a boat to get to our campsite. Every day a fly by plane would fly over to make sure we were ok. We had to signal to them with flares. They would drop off coolers of food and supplies every couple of days. But we were living the life – the coolers were full of steak! We would wake up between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. to see the Northern Lights. It was unbelievable!

One home improvement project I am proud of is …

When we knocked out the wall between the kitchen and the living room. It really opened up our main floor.

My most used technology gadgets…

Are my Roku and Pandora. We have been living cable-free for over 5 years. It is great because we don’t watch too much television and when we do, we watch what we want to watch and when we want to watch it. I am also a big fan of Pandora. I use it a lot at home!

A highly controversial topic around the office is …

My love for Pittsburgh. I grow up there, so it’s all things black and gold for me. I am a proud Steelers and Penguins fan.

Being in so many restaurants over the years, I am picky about food but…

I would highly recommend if you are in the Washington D.C. area that you stop in at Legal Seafood. Even though I’m from Pittsburgh, I can still appreciate a good crab cake. However, if you’re in my hometown, you must stop in to Primanti Bros. for a sandwich!

If I could meet any musician it would be …

Dave Matthews comes to mind first. I am a huge fan. The other would be Jim Morrison. Maybe. He may be a little scary, depends on what mood he is in. [Laughs] I’d also like to meet some classical musicians but there are too many to just name one.

People who inspire me are …

My Grandfather. Growing up in a steel town during the Great Depression was obviously not so easy. In fact, it was one of the few things he never wanted to talk about. Having said that, through hard work and sheer determination, he led a fantastically successful life. From a successful career to starting an outdoor education program that thousands of local teenagers passed through, he went after his dreams and lived them.

My Mother. She was and is the rock that holds my family together. From raising me as a single mother, to acting as a caretaker for her father and brother while working full time. She is one of the hardest working people I have ever been around in my life. On top of it all, she does it with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. I can’t help but be inspired.

Something that a lot of people may not know about me…

At one point, I was focused on a career in music. I went to college for a degree in music education and music performance. I also sang professionally at one point. On any given day, I may play classical music, southern rock or something heavier in my office. Now you know why I’m all over the place with genres I enjoy.

About The Author

Michelle Pelszynski

Michelle Pelszynski

Born and raised in Howard County, Michelle is an upbeat wordsmith, with a passion for giving back to her community. She enjoys live music - from bluegrass to hip hop, having fun with her husband and daughter, traveling, running, practicing yoga, reading, and baking. She also has the pleasure of coaching a group of amazing young ladies in the Heart & Sole and Girls On the Run after school program.


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