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.
Matthew was a leader of Marines as an Officer and Aviator.
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.
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.
All of the trials and challenges Matthew has encountered in his career have ultimately led him to his purpose and mission in life.
As a counselor, Matthew is devoted to helping those around him by sharing life experiences and imploring others to use these lessons for future decision making. With this passion in mind, Matthew sought to create an all- encompassing platform which offers the opportunity to share with and learn from others.
We all have a unique story that is unlike anyone else’s and these stories offer unique perspectives on situations extending beyond your own life path. Matthew believes that by sharing life experiences and knowledge with the community around you, there is always the opportunity simultaneously take on the role of student and teacher. Your experiences are a catalyst for conversation and a gateway into new relationships and opportunities.
Matthew created Convene Communities for this exact purpose- to share, learn, and grow from real life experiences.
More about Matthew Currin
- Lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife Tisha and three children.
- President and Founder of Convene Communities, LLC
- Board of Directors, Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy
- Many years as a coach for his children's soccer teams
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Communications from UNC- Greensboro
- Masters Degree in Human Service Counseling- Life Coaching from Liberty University