Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Matt Eidt
With a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi, Matt Eidt knew he wanted to call Steamboat Springs home after a two-week visit in 2008. “I’ve seen a lot of fantastic communities and I just fell in love with Steamboat,” says Eidt, 33, a broker, and youngest owner, with Colorado Group Reality. “I’ve never found a more beautiful, open and complete community.”
He’s had plenty of chances to compare. Before moving to Steamboat, he was a professional photographer in South Africa, guided river trips in Ecuador’s Amazon and spent time skiing in Chile.
In a town he loves with all his heart, he’s also made quick work of giving back. He co-founded Yampa Valley Gives, which has raised more than $400,000 for local charities through its annual Colorado Gives Day. He also chairs the local Young Professionals Network chapter, through it earning a seat on the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association board. In his role with YPN, he also spearheads fundraisers and volunteering efforts for Routt County’s Day of Caring, Lift-up, United Way, Partners in Routt County and a new Bowl-a-Thon for Junior Achievement. He’s also a member of the Ski Town Lion’s Club, chairing its annual Mustang Roundup.
“He’s a leading workhorse in the volunteer department here,” says local attorney Geoff Petis, who met Eidt through the Young Professional Network. “He definitely does a lot for the community.”
For Eidt, it’s as fitting as his career. “I enjoy being around people,” he says. “And I like helping out, whether it’s for the community or assisting people who want to move here.”
There are plenty of good reasons for people to follow his lead. “Steamboat offers the complete lifestyle,” he says. “It has access to the outdoors, the arts, high quality goods and services, dining and social options, and more. Plus, it’s a very giving place. It represents the best of all worlds.”
While his calendar is full, Eidt still makes sure to enjoy the Steamboat lifestyle as well. You’re as apt to find him snowboarding Mt. Werner as longboarding the Core Trail or mountain biking Emerald, both on the clock and off. “Where I grew up there was no rendezvousing with a client snowboarding,” he says. “It’s pretty unique to be able to do that all in such a great community.”
It’s also unique in that it affords the chance to sing a tear-jerking rendition of Barbara Streisand in the local Cabaret.
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