Matt Cummings

Leadership Coach

Matt understands how to balance both the people and profit side of an organization. As a Leadership Coach, Matt seeks to actively listen to his clients so he can approach each coaching session with empathy and curiosity. Throughout his own leadership journey, Matt’s servant-hearted style was noticed and appreciated—and he carries that approach into his coaching sessions. With energy, optimism and insight, Matt works with his clients to help them create vibrant and achievable plans for their lives and businesses. He is a balanced sounding board and thoughtful coach to all he walks alongside.

As a former Building Champions client, Matt experienced the value of coaching, firsthand. During a leadership role change, Matt sought guidance from his coach as he navigated new responsibilities and opportunities. The feedback he received during his coaching engagement allowed him to think better, lead better and effectively scale his own leadership. He is excited to do the same for his clients.

Prior to joining Building Champions in 2020, Matt spent nearly 15 years at Huron Consulting Group. He held a variety of technical roles starting as an associate diagnosing and resolving software issues before transitioning to a lead software engineer managing people and processes. He led the implementation of a corporate website rebrand and platform migration while fostering a supportive team culture of high producers. Matt’s ability to coach his team to deliver results earned him more leadership opportunity as he managed a team of 22 engineers within Huron’s Enterprise Applications department. During his most recent role at Huron, Matt sat on the senior IT leadership team, casting vision and developing strategy as a Director of Software Engineering. He recruited, hired and managed global software engineering teams while overseeing an operating expense budget of $36M. Matt received Huron’s Coaching Excellence Award in 2017.

Matt Cummings was amazing. Going into the program I didn’t really know who I was or what I wanted to accomplish. I was doing well in business, but that was my only identity – an entrepreneur. I didn’t know what I was trying to accomplish in my personal and family life. This program helped me gain clarity of vision. – Dr. Oscar Molina

Previously, Matt served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Structure Mechanic where he managed more than 50 flight deck personnel and 12 fighter jets while deployed in the Persian Gulf. He became the final inspection specialist and received numerous awards throughout his service.

Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from George Fox University. And he holds several technical and project methodology certifications.

Outside of coaching, Matt enjoys golfing with his son, rooting for the L.A. Dodgers, following his kids’ sporting events, attending concerts and date nights with his wife. He resides near Chicago, Illinois with his wife, Nicole, and his two kids, Matea and Nolan.

“At first, when my boss asked me to try coaching, I was not interested because I had too much to deal with…but I agreed anyways. I started writing my Life Plan and that’s when my mindset began changing. Building Champions sent me a copy of the book Living Forward and while reading it, I realized I wanted a new beginning. My head was spinning. I quit my job. I shared my business ideas with my coach, Matt Cummings, and he coached me through the process of deciding my next step. I started my company, Mersea Custom Welding Fab out of the shop in my backyard. Within the first few weeks, business picked up and now I’m booked solid for the rest of the year—I even needed to hire extra help! There has not been a day that I regret coaching with Matt. I would encourage anybody to go through coaching, it has changed our lives—and made it a lot easier for me and my family. Matt Cummings is a person who cares and understands how to encourage and motivate people. I couldn’t have done it without him.” – Abe Fehr, Owner of Mersea Custom Welding Fab

  • Digital Strategy
  • Career Pathing Development
  • Helping leaders understand their calling
  • L.A. Dodgers Baseball
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Team Retreats
  • Workshops
  • TTI Success Insights DISC Certified