Retired Sergeant Major Matthew R. Drayton, born in Savannah, GA, emerged from an underprivileged neighborhood with a determination to transcend his environment and achieve financial independence. With nearly three decades of distinguished military service in the US Army, he transitioned to a successful career as a senior analyst at Northrop Grumman, on-air personality, and station manager at WFSS radio station, and later a senior Department of Defense civilian for the US Army Special Operations Command.

As a decorated Army veteran and leader, Matt founded Drayton Communications LLC and is now a renowned corporate speaker, consultant, and leadership expert in government and commercial sectors. Beyond his professional roles, he served in various capacities in youth mentorship nonprofits, as a Board Member and Ambassador for other nonprofits, and even as a voice actor. Additionally, he holds a NASM Certified Personal Trainer certification with six years of experience, showcasing his diverse skill set.

Matt is a sought-after speaker and consultant on leadership and success, collaborating with businesses, academic institutions, law enforcement, and government agencies. Author of impactful books like “Leading While Black” and “Succeeding While Black,” he is recognized as a thought leader and is a proud member of the National Speakers Association. In summary, Matthew R. Drayton is distinguished with a legacy spanning military service, corporate leadership, community engagement, and creative pursuits.