Sergeant Major (Retired) Matthew R. Drayton was born in Savannah, GA. in an underprivileged neighborhood, Matt joined the military to leave his environment and become financially independent. Little did he know at the time that enlisting would lead into a successful military career spanning almost three decades. He spent over two decades in the US Army 16 working with elite Special Operations forces.

Matt is a decorated combat veteran who has lead and mentored hundreds of men and women. Matt is a corporate speaker, consultant and leadership expert with experience in government and commercial commerce

​Matt has been a senior analyst for the Northrop Grumman Corporation and an on-air personality and station manager at radio station WFSS in Fayetteville NC.  He also has worked as a senior Department of Defense civilian for the US Army Special Operations Command.

Matt speaks and consults on leadership and productivity. He has been employed by commercial businesses, academic institutions, law enforcement and other government agencies. Matt is a member of the NationalSpeakers Association.

Matt Drayton knows what it takes to overcome adversity, to become successful, and how to lead and motivate others to maximize their potential. Matt founded Drayton Communications to share his tremendous life story, his experiences, and his leadership knowledge with others. Matt has been featured, and has shared his insights on major news outlets throughout the United States.