Goofy Troublemaking ADD Kid
August 28, 1986
A class clown and troublemaker growing up, Matt was constantly told to sit down and shut-up, never fitting into the mold of the school system. His 1st grade teacher (Mrs. Gerry) once told him she would pay him money to stop talking. Some recommended (and still do) he be medicated for his “ADD”.
June 6, 1990
Borrowed his parent’s lawnmower at the age of 9 to start his first entrepreneurial venture. Made $500 in a summer!
March 13, 1991
Almost got expelled from middle school for peddling little brown bags of candy from his locker.
September 1, 2002
Spent a semester in Alcala de Henares, Spain, in 2002, while a junior at Colorado State University (CSU).
March 5, 2003
Studied and trained Krav Maga (Israeli Hand to Hand Combat) from 2003-2007.
June 10, 2004
Married his hottie college sweetheart, Emily, in 2004.
Fired From Bank
April 6, 2005
Was fired from a local bank where I was a mortgage loan officer (I hated wearing ties, and really hated the nickname Mortgage Matty). Two hours later, I founded M & E Painting with the last $100 he had to my name (did I mention I was $170,000 in debt)
Multi-Million Dollar Company
March 1, 2006
M & E Painting grew fast, really fast. In a few short years it became a multimillion-dollar company, and Matt joined Entrepreneur’s Organization.
May 3, 2006
Painted someone’s house without asking first. That someone was pissed!!!
I’m a cook!
May 6, 2006
Learned to cook Spanish paella like a boss! No you can not have the recipe.
July 10, 2006
Painted a customer’s baby (also without asking first). Don’t worry, the baby is okay! Make sure to ask Matt about this one when he speaks to your group or organization.
Beat up by a 15 year old. I cried!
September 18, 2007
Took his first Jiu Jitsu class in 2007, where a 15-year-old kid half Matt’s size made him cry uncle like a baby. Matt was hooked, and now holds his purple belt under Royce Gracie.
Let the tournaments begin
January 1, 2008
Has competed in 8 Jiu Jitsu tournaments since 2008. Plans to compete 8 times in 2015. Watch some of Matt’s competitions here.
First Speaking Gig
July 16, 2008
Was asked to speak for the first time in 2008.
August 5, 2009
Matt and M & E Painting won dozens of business awards from 2009 to 2012 (view the full list here), and Matt wrote a book to show other entrepreneurs how to do the same in 2011: “Become an Award Winning Company”
I Got Paid!
May 14, 2010
Was first paid to speak in 2010 (take that Mrs. Gerry!).
May 14, 2010
In 2010, Matt and his long time friend Dave got really frustrated at how bad spray cans of knockdown drywall texture worked He and Dave invented, designed, manufactured, patented and are now selling The Pirate Patch Drywall Texture Repair Tool nationwide on Amazon.com as well as Sherwin Williams and Ace Hardware. Check out The Pirate Patch Demo Video here.
July 14, 2011
Matt has been featured as a thought leader on BBC, Entrepreneur, INC, Fox Business Center, US News and World Report, NBC News, Huffington Post. Check out all the articles he has been featured in here.
December 14, 2011
Can eat a whole box of chocolate covered cherries in one sitting.
August 14, 2012
Matt loved CSU and his Spain Study Abroad experience so much, he founded The Matthew P. Shoup Spain Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship to assist students passionate about studying in Spain.
September 15, 2013
CSU called Matt the coolest alumni of the last decade in 2012, and gave him a Gold Award. Watch him joke with the President of CSU in his acceptance speech. Check it out here.
Buy Matt This Song in iTunes
December 16, 2014
If Matt’s daughter plays him the the song, “Let it Go” one more time, he may go crazy. Buy it here in 25 Languages!
December 31, 2015
The Café con Leche with Matt Podcast launches May 30th, 2016 The countdown is on.
January 1, 2016
Decided to take my hobby of speaking, coaching and writing full time. I am now working full time on building another multimillion dollar brand.
The Café con Leche with Matt Podcast
May 30, 2016
The Café con Leche with Matt Podcast goes live