Matthew Sapaula, is a financial coach with the goal of redefining his clients' future by giving them the information, tools and guidance they need to take charge of their finances and create a better life. For over a decade he has proactively educated the community in financial strategies, helped clients identify hidden assets and encourages his audience to turn missed opportunities into second chances.
Bootcamp to Boardroom
Matthew began his career in the financial services industry by working at a large brokerage firm in southern California in transition from active-duty service in the United States Marine Corps. In the Marines, Matthew's dedication to his country, his unit, and his duties propelled him to become a decorated military veteran while serving in Somalia, Africa, through Asia and the Persian Gulf. This time also gave him the values, discipline and drive that he brings to the financial services industry.
His drive and quest for knowledge led him to becoming one of the first military veterans to utilize the GI Bill to undergo DePaul University's Financial Planning program. Matthew believes highly in personal and professional mentorship and sought personalized training from senior experts in the financial planning industry, including from New-York Times best-selling author, Douglas R. Andrew of Missed Fortune 101 and Last Chance Millionaire.
In the Media
Always eager to spread innovative financial knowledge to the masses, Matthew became a financial editor, contributing articles to N'Digo Magapaper and busy on television as a recurring guest on WGN Morning News, FOX Good Day Chicago, NBC and ABC sharing financial tips that help give viewers the tools they need to create the financial life that they want in a changing economy.
Matt Sapaula was co-host of the new reality personal finance show for two seasons on MSN Money, called The Invested Life, which was sponsored by TD Ameritrade. Matt also hosts the financial podcast, Money Smart Show and is a financial personality known as the "Money Smart Guy" in the media.
Leading from the Front
Matthew teaches personal finance as an instructor for DePaul University's Professional Continuing Education Department during which he continues to educate individuals about the process of creating financial stability; but more than just encouraging retirement planning. Matthew inspires students to embrace the concept of a being "Money Smart", a process that allows individuals to become empowered by financial literacy and action thereby creating a source of stability and independence in the future from the decisions they make today.
Matt Sapaula also is a partner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago each year during Money Smart Week®, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
Matthew is a proud father of three and spends much of his free time with his children in various sporting and church ministry activities. The Money Smart team holds frequent online web-based seminars, mentor and mastermind group sessions along with live events that explore the misconceptions of traditional wealth-building strategies and successful entrepreneurship.