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Matt Artz

Matt Artz is an entrepreneur, leader, teacher, volunteer and lifelong learner, formerly the vice-president of strategy and operations for TR Technology Solutions — as of November, TRTS was acquired by UM Technologies and Artz is now leading all user experience design efforts. He is also an adjunct professor for Keystone College.

Born and raised in Woodbridge, New York, Artz, came to NEPA in 1999 to attend Marywood University, where he received numerous degrees. While at Marywood, Artz received a grant to conduct discovery research, which he used to build a prototype of a rapid Gel Electrophoresis, an apparatus that separated DNA by molecular charge in half the time of conventional apparatus. With this, he entered the 2005 Great Valley Business Plan Competition, where he placed second and went on to incorporate his first company, Biomega Technologies.

Despite the early success of Biomega Technologies Inc., Artz had a life-changing experience when he served with Habitat for Humanity in the Global Village Ecuador program, and subsequently was accepted as one of 200 international students to join the Athgo Miracles of Development Good Governance and Capacity Building conference at the World Bank’s headquarters. The experience led to a new venture, Artz Group Inc., which grew to include a portfolio of customers operating in six countries. He also began volunteering as the director of technology operations for Fields of Growth International, served as media & technology chair for Pages & Places Literary Festival, and is a board member of Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support (SEEDS).

In early 2010, the Artz Group Inc. was hired by TR Technology Solutions (TRTS) to help develop IT processes and, subsequently, Artz was offered a position at TRTS and the portfolio of the Artz Group Inc. was divested to TRTS.

He is an avid reader and traveler (22 countries!). Artz is also a champion of the arts and nature and is an amateur photographer and musician who enjoys hiking and cycling in his spare time.

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