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Jul 30, 2018 09:09AM ● By Maleesa Johnson

In what ended up being one of the most congenial school board races between three Aggies, Matt Bryant emerged the new Place 4 trustee for the Carroll ISD. Longtime Southlake residents, Bryant and his wife have three kids in Carroll schools. All three kids are actively involved in sports, and Bryant enjoys sharing in all the Dragon revelries that accompany them. He recently made the transition from working in the corporate engineering field to real estate investing and loves what he does.

I CHOSE TO RUN FOR THE CISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES BECAUSE… I believe in giving back to the community. My family and I have loved living in Southlake for the last 13 years. Lisa and I decided over a decade ago that this is where we wanted to raise our family. I wanted to utilize my strengths and skillset to benefit our students, teachers, administration and community.

MY NO. 1 GOAL… as I serve in Place 4 is to be a man of action who represents our community. I want to ensure that safety on our campuses is a top priority along with continuous improvement of our processes.

ONE CHANGE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS… the traffic snarl reduced on White Chapel in front of the High School! Hopefully the street-widening project that is underway will be complete in the very near future.

MY FAVORITE DRAGON TRADITION… is the sense of family and community pride around being a Dragon. Our students are good about supporting excellence across academics and ALL extra curricular activities.

WE HAVE LIVED IN SOUTHLAKE… for 13 years, and my favorite thing about living here are the solid friendships we have made through being involved in the community. These friendships began when we enrolled Madeline at WCUMC pre-school and we feel we have continued to develop great friendships every step of the way. The spirit of volunteering to help our schools is strong in Southlake. Lisa and I encourage all parents get involved with serving our community - there is a spot for everyone to help.

MY FAMILY… means the world to me. Lisa and I have been married for 20 years. Our daughter, Madeline (pictured left), will be a senior this year and has verbally committed to play soccer at Baylor. She is one of the Carroll Soccer team captains, plays club soccer for Solar ECNL and is a Green Jacket. Our son, Matthew, is 14 and a freshman at the high school. He is in the CMA curriculum. His extracurricular activities include football, basketball, lacrosse and he runs track. Robert is 13 and in the 8th grade. He plays lacrosse, golf and loves fishing and hunting. Our family values are founded upon our Christian beliefs and faith. We are certainly not perfect people, but we find peace in daily striving to be aligned with our risen savior, Jesus Christ.

PARENTING THREE TEENAGERS… isn’t for the weak-hearted. We try to have an open line of communication with our children and they are certainly our favorite topics for discussion. We are attempting to model and instill good values and skills that they can use every day in the real world. We have open and honest discussions with them and are determined to teach them to be kind to others and to respect others.

I OWN AND OPERATE… NET Keller Real Estate, LLC and NET NRH Real Estate, LLC. Over the past decade, I have specialized in transforming distressed single-family homes into productive rental properties. Prior to my real estate career, I was a Vice President of Sales for the U.S. subsidiary of Nova Measuring Instruments, Inc. I also worked as a Process Engineer for Texas Instruments in the Jack Kilby Research Center in Richardson.

TRANSITIONING FROM THE ENGINEERING FIELD TO REAL ESTATE... was a dream that came true. I had a successful career in corporate America, but I am passionate about being a small business owner and running my own business. My passion has always been real estate. When Lisa and I were first married we bought, fixed up and sold homes in the Lakewood area. This background and experience led me to draw up a plan to start acquiring distressed homes with the goal of building a rental portfolio. I absolutely love what I do and I am thrilled that I am able to provide for my family with the business that we have built.

WHEN I’M NOT WORKING OR SERVING AS A TRUSTEE, I ENJOY… playing golf or tennis. Oftentimes in the summer, I can be found on Grapevine Lake boating or fishing with our kids and their friends.