Matt Bechdol moved to Auburn in middle school, graduated from DeKalb High School and married his “high school sweetheart,” Beth. They spent a decade after college working in Washington, D.C. where their daughter Grace was born, and returned home to Beth’s family farm north of Garrett in 2005. Grace represents the seventh generation on the farm, and will soon be off to college to focus on foreign language and international studies.
Matt is involved in a number of business activities, primarily through his consulting firm GeoSilos which offers strategic planning and spatial analytics for the food and agriculture sector. He holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from Indiana University, an M.S. from George Mason University in Virginia, and an M.S. from Purdue University and works to integrate business, policy, technology, and natural resources analytics.
Matt enjoys getting away from the computer when he can, happily trading software for a shovel, chainsaw, or other fun outdoor analog technology. His preference is to support county-wide initiatives and his commitment to the Community Foundation stems from an appreciation of the foundational opportunities the county has offered his family…for seven generations.
Matt stated, “We are in the business of helping citizens build legacies which improve quality of life across DeKalb County and build a culture of philanthropy.”