Earlier this year, the University of Georgia announced the 2022 40 Under 40 honorees. The winners include 7 graduates with SPIA degrees. 40 Under 40 celebrates young alumni leading the pack in their industries and communities. Learn more about our Honoree Matthew Fowler, Relationship Management Executive at REPAY – Realtime Electronic Payments.

What was your favorite class or favorite SPIA professor?
Dr. Bullock – Legislative Process
Dr. Madonna & Michael Lynch – University of Georgia Congressional Research Project (Information can be found at tonymadonna.com)

What was your favorite study spot as a student?
The Student Veteran Resource Center & Lounge in the Tate Student Center.

What obscure thing are you talented at?
You may or may not find me running deep in an occasional World Series of Poker tournament.

What is one weird fact or tidbit that you still remember from school?
While I was a student at UGA, I learned from my grandmother that I have a direct generational grandfather on my Dad’s side who has a Revolutionary War Memorial and headstone located in the cemetery outside of Baldwin Hall. I used to walk by it daily on my way to class.

What one superpower would you give to everyone in the world? How would the world change?
That they may follow the lessons of Admiral William H. McRaven. Google his clear instructions on how to change the world.

Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?
Alaska. Because somehow I’ve never been and I’d love kayak around the glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park.

What is one piece of advice you have for current SPIA students?
Make building genuine relationships with people a regular practice throughout your life. Lessons learned, metrics of success, and experiences gained will certainly make a difference in your life. But understand it’s the people you’ll remember most, and the impact you’ve had on them will be your legacy.