Sergeant Major (Retired) Matthew R. Drayton grew up in an underprivileged neighborhood in Georgia. Matt joined the military to leave his environment and become financially independent. Little did he know at the time that enlisting would lead into a successful military career spanning almost three decades. He spent over two decades in the US Army 16 of those years working with elite Special Operations forces.
Matt is a decorated combat veteran who has led and mentored hundreds of men and women. Matt is an author, corporate speaker, consultant, voice actor, certified personal trainer, and leadership expert with business experience in government and commercial commerce.
Matt has been a senior analyst for the Northrop Grumman Corporation and an on-air personality and station manager at radio station WFSS in North Carolina. He also has worked as a senior Department of Defense civilian for the US Army Special Operations Command.
Matt speaks and consults on leadership and productivity. He has been employed by commercial businesses, academic institutions, law enforcement and other government agencies. Matt has also served as an Executive Director and board member of multiple Youth Non-Profit organizations.
Matt founded Drayton Communications to share his tremendous life story, his experiences, and his leadership knowledge with others. Matt is currently a contributor to Newsweek and was featured and has shared his insights with major media outlets throughout the United States. Matt is a member of the National Speakers Association.