About Matthew Currin
Matthew Currin is a speaker, trainer, life coach, founder of Convene Communities, retired Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot, former helicopter EMS Pilot, and current Team Penske NASCAR pilot.
"It may sound cliché, but I'm passionate about helping others as much as I possibly can." - Matthew Currin
Matthew is an expert speaker/trainer on using scenario-based training
- Decision Making and Crew Resource Management
- Scenario Based Training
- Lessons Learned gained through Life Experience
- Providing a real perspective on the importance of decision-making and ‘Sharing of Experience and Knowledge’
Lessons Learned From Experience
Matthew has experienced many lessons throughout the duration of his career, but there was one night in 2001 that ultimately changed his life and became the motivation for his life’s mission. During routine shipboard training off Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC, Matthew was the lead pilot of one of two CH-46E helicopters during training that night. Due to a ’12 second human error’ in the second aircraft, the helicopter impacted the water, killing three Marines, including Matthew’s good friend and combat air crewman.
Matthew would later learn that a similar mishap took place in a different training exercise a few years prior. Had knowledge from that experience been properly transferred after the first mishap, the 2001 training crash could have been prevented.
Time Critical Decision Making Environment
Matthew was an AirCare Pilot in Helicopter EMS. When flying the EC-130 and EC-135 he worked in the Time Critical Decision Making Environment. He flew over 650+ patient flights where peoples lives were hanging in the balance. He practiced what he taught everyday. It was his responsibility as the ‘Pilot in Command’ to safely transport his crew and patient from ‘Scene to Facility’ or ‘Facility to Facility.’ Matthew and his crew were able to operate in a highly demanding environment day or night. Because of the these efforts many lives were saved.
As a Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot, Matt spent much of his time as an instructor. Matthew became a Weapons Tactics Instructor (WTI)- the highest qualification for a Marine Corps Aviator. This role helped inspire Matthew’s love of teaching and training those around him.
- Operation Allied Force (Kosovo) (1999)
- Flew the CH-46E and was hand selected to become one of the first fleet aviators to fly the V-22 Osprey.
- Weapons Tactics Instructor (2000)
- Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) (2001)
Matthew was a member of the first Marine forces in Afghanistan after 9/11 where he led initial missions for the US while fighting in “Operation Enduring Freedom.”
- Retired From the USMC (2007)
While part of VMMT-204 he is credited with starting a transformational Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Risk and Resource Management (RRM) program for Marine Corps rotary-wing aviation for all rotary wing assault support aircraft programs. He developed integrated, cross-functional rotary-wing aviation capability requirements to support future strategic Marine Corps Warfighting concepts.
"Learning how to capitalize on our lessons learned helps others make better decisions in life. This is true in all aspects of life to include topics like relationships, parenting, coaching a soccer team, and all aspects of business"
"Growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, with two brothers, my life revolved around sports like baseball, football, and basketball. I was lucky to have a good upbringing and a really loving family. My dad David, was an IT consultant for big construction companies and really inspired my interest in computer-based knowledge platforms. He always taught me the golden rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. That was true to him. It didn't matter who you were, what color you were, what nationality you were, or where you were from.
My mom Louise, who was a schoolteacher, taught me the importance of having respect for others. My faith-based upbringing is a cornerstone for these values, and I am proud to say it has made me the man I am today. However, my life lessons have been just as crucial in inspiring me.
When I was a teenager, I was cocky, and I was always out to impress because of my two older brothers, who were both great athletes. It led to a significant competitive streak, and when I was 15, I went out with some friends, who were all seniors. I had some alcohol, and I had never drunk any before. The next thing I knew, I woke up in the hospital with tubes coming out of my nose, and heart monitors on me. They told me I almost slipped into a coma and died. There's nothing like a near-death experience to focus the mind.
My dream was to be a pilot, and I was able to join the Marine Corps while finishing a psychology degree in four years. And then complete a masters in counseling later. It was one of the best things I ever did because it allowed me to see the importance of telling your story and how you can inspire others to greater heights.
My time in the Marines led to my second and third near-death experiences, which really changed my life direction. I will never forget the pain when I watched my close friend, and colleague Corporal Clark Beaty go down in a helicopter in front of my eyes. We did almost every flight together. The tragedy was we found out later the malfunction which caused the crash was a problem which had come up a few weeks earlier in the same model. Thankfully then no one died. But it was an illustration of what happens when you don't share knowledge.
A couple of weeks later, I was flying maneuvers in Puerto Rico, and I lost an engine. My craft was plummeting down the side of a mountain at breakneck speed. My life flashed before me, and I had no control. Then, I was able to pull up just a matter of feet from the ground by some miracle. To say I thought my days were numbered is an understatement. It was at that moment I realized I had to use what I had been through and what I knew to help others share what they can do.
My belief is we're all people, and you should treat people with respect. That was very important then, and it's something that I talk to my kids about now. I'm a devoted father and husband, and my wife Tisha is an incredible support to me. My son Brayden and daughters Meghan and Laney all know my belief is we don't support, empower, and respect each other enough in this world.
We all have a gift to give through our life lessons. We can use these to educate others. Whether you do that through sharing your story personally, or you use it to teach others, or make it a core of your business."
- Matthew Currin
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Communications from UNC- Greensboro
- Masters Degree in Human Service Counseling- Life Coaching from Liberty University