Matt Hefner

Matt won’t have to spend any time getting acclimated to our region’s weather. That’s because he grew up right here in Southwest Missouri, attending Ozark schools from kindergarten through 11th grade, and graduating from Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.  He then moved on to the University of Missouri where he graduated with a degree in Atmospheric Science.  

Matt explained, “As a child, it was nearly impossible to keep me indoors. I could often be found floating down the Finley River, playing ball in the street, or helping on our family farm.”

Matt’s love of the water and swimming deepened over the years.  

“I spent many summers racing against other kids from all over Southeast Missouri. Chances are, if any town in this region has a regulation pool, I’ve swam in it: Marshfield, Monett, Nevada, Carthage, Webb City, and many more. As I got older, I eventually swam for Ozark High School and was able to achieve All-State honors.”

In his spare time, Matt enjoys keeping tabs on his favorite sports teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cardinals (both Saint Louis and Springfield), and Mizzou football and basketball.  He also enjoys sampling the fine foods that can be found at local restaurants across our area.

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