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Matthew Kane

January 31, 2017

Photo: Professor Martha Andrews, chair of the Cameron School of Business Department of Management, presented the award for the 2016 Outstanding Graduate in Entrepreneurship and Business Development to Matthew Kane.

Matthew Kane did more than “talk the talk” as a young entrepreneur; he “walked the walk” by running his own business – a fitness center – before he graduated from UNCW’s Entrepreneurship and Business Development program in May 2016. His drive left an indelible mark at UNCW, where he was honored as the 2016 Outstanding Graduate in Entrepreneurship and Business Development. 

This success came after a lauded career in the military. From 2008 to 2012, Kane served as a Scout Sniper Team Leader in the United States Marine Corps with tours in Afghanistan, Haiti, Oman, Kuwait and Djibouti. He garnered a number of recognitions, including a Combat Action Ribbon, a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Kane currently works as a requirements analyst for Deloitte Consulting LLP in Arlington, VA. The job allows him to combine two of his passions – problem solving and public-facing service – while also learning more about how businesses and agencies operate.

“My favorite part of my job is the ability to support multiple federal agencies as they work toward accomplishing their missions,” he said. “I also enjoy the fast pace and small-team aspects of consulting.”

Unable to turn off his entrepreneurial mindset, Kane said he spends most of his spare time “driving my wife crazy with potential business ideas.” He is also looking to get started in the real estate industry and enjoys CrossFit, climbing and hiking.

UNCW will always be special to him because both he and his wife, Austin Kane ’09, are alumni. He is still in touch with Professor Stephen Harper, whom he credits for helping him see what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur and motivating him to work as hard as possible to capture the opportunities in front of him.

His advice to current Seahawks and budding entrepreneurs is this: “Push - always push for more. Seek growth in both your personal and professional life. The only one who is going to prevent you from growing is you.”

--Caroline Cropp