From his early days as a financial analyst with Martin Marietta to his current role as a business leader, and co-founder of defense contractor Gateway Ventures Inc. (GVI), Matt Hales has always gravitated toward keeping track of money.  At GVI, Matt has been responsible for a wide array of business functions including: budgeting, accounting, planning, sales and marketing.  His undergraduate degree in Finance and Master’s degree in Business Administration have provided him a solid foundation for success.

The proof of Matt’s success is in the numbers.  For the last 16 years, GVI has created over 185 jobs nationwide.  As the Chief Operating Officer of GVI, Matt and his team have achieved remarkable results.  For the last sixteen years GVI has had a growth rate of 10% year over year and has done so, with zero operating debt.

Matt Hales and his wife Lisa are longtime residents of Norfolk and presently live in East Ocean View.  Throughout the years, Matt has always had an interest in serving the community.  He was the director of the East Beach Community Homeowners Association, is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and is active in his local civic league.  Matt is a good corporate citizen who has supported many local and regional charities.  He and Lisa have contributed 300 Turkeys annually to those in need.  Putting others first is in Matt Hales’ DNA.

Matt was inspired to further his public service when he ran for Norfolk City Council in 2010.  That effort, and the experience of going door to door meeting voters, allowed him to learn the concerns of the citizens of Norfolk first hand.  His tireless efforts and dedication campaigning did not go unnoticed.  In 2011 the Norfolk City Council appointed Matt to the Planning Commission, and he has served there ever since.

Matt wants to utilize his vast business experience and financial expertise to better serve the citizens of Norfolk.  His primary goal is to make the Treasurer’s Office more efficient, easier to work with, and transparent.  Keeping track of your money is where Matt wants to focus his future.