In his early career, Matt Higgins dedicated his time at the site of the worst terrorist attack on American soil as one of the first employees (going on to become COO) of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. The company was federally funded and charged with planning and overseeing the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. During his time here, Higgins assisted with organizing the largest international design competition that's been seen in history. It was this competition that resulted in Reflecting Absence, a 9/11 National Memorial, and the One World Trade Center being developed.
Why you should book Matt Higgins for your next event
- With over 25 years of public and private sector experience, spanning multiple industries, Higgins is a respected speaker with the knowledge and expertise of industry to add qualification to his keynote topics.
- Having earned a seat on Shark Tank, Matt is trusted by audiences nationwide who are regularly moved by his story and the different approach he took towards achieving success.
- Higgins has an eye for opportunity, sharing his know-how with others to help spot the next big thing and how to incubate potential success stories, with a focus on the people behind the brand.
Matt’s philosophy is that it isn’t about where you began, but where you end up and how much ground you cover. Having dropped out of high school and having the responsibility of caring for his ill mother, Higgins by no means had a typical start to life for successful entrepreneurs. Being forced to think differently, Matt was able to utilize his talents and grow his career from the ground up. After working with Mayor Rudy Giuliani during the 9/11 terrorist attack, and being a young sports executive, Matt went on to earn himself a seat on Shark Tank where he has continually demonstrated his keen eye for spotting opportunity and finding the next great entrepreneur.
With a deep-rooted knowledge of consumer trends, Matt’s awareness of what customers want is second to none. He has represented a number of consumer brands over the years including Warby Parker and Harry’s. An executive fellow at the Harvard Business School, where he co-teaches an emerging business trends course, Matt is trusted with teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs and his wealth of experience is put to effective use. In 2019 Mark Higgins received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, being added to the list of seven former presidents who received the same prestigious accolade. His book “Burn the Boats” is due for release in 2022.
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