Matthew Brogdon founded Pathfinder Consulting in 2009 to serve an unmet need in the Talent Acquisition and Human Resources arena. There were many veteran advocacy groups focused on recruiting and preparing military candidates for civilian positions, but there were very few companies who served the corporate, academic, and government market, helping organizations attract, recruit, and retain the next generation of talent they sought from the veteran community. Matt created Pathfinder Consulting to serve and train this community of recruiting and human resources professionals to greatly increase the demand of veterans in the marketplace. After creating and working in successful veteran programs in three different companies in the biotech and tech industries, Matt expanded Pathfinder Consulting’s service offerings to include university relations and diversity hiring program expertise. Pathfinder Consulting’s clients include Accenture, The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler MBA Program, the University of Southern California, Bank of the West, Parsons Corporation, Stepstone, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Matt served his country as an officer in the US Army after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1994. Commissioned as an Armor officer, his five years in the Army were spent as cavalry officer in 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, Louisiana, deploying to Haiti and Bosnia. He joined Bradley-Morris as a recruiter in 1999 in San Diego, creating the first enlisted recruiting program on the West Coast for BMI and was recognized as the top company recruiter in 2001. Promoted to branch manager and then regional manager in two years, Matt was responsible for all officer and enlisted military recruiting and placement for the western U.S. and Hawaii. Working with his team of account managers, he earned the business of Amazon, Microsoft, Applied Materials, and Honeywell Aerospace, among many others, billing over $2 million annually. Matt has also worked successfully building veteran and diversity talent pipelines in the biotech and tech industries with Fortune 200 companies, and understands the needs and concerns of hiring managers and human resource professionals as they strive to recruit the best talent they can find in the U.S. job market.
Matt is passionate about diversity recruiting and veteran employment and educational opportunities for all of those who have served, and he specializes in coaching companies on how to profile, brand, market, recruit, and retain military talent in the military recruiting space. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation as well as the San Diego USO Chapter, and was selected as a George W. Bush Institute Stand-To Veteran Leadership Scholar in 2019.