Embracing Servant Leadership
SMALL TOWN VALUES
Growing up in a small town has shaped my outlook on community relationships. Many believe the problem with small towns is that everyone knows your business. However, the greatest part of a small town is that everyone knows your business. If a family is in distress, the community steps in to help; it’s both a privilege and a responsibility.
THE DIGNITY OF WORK
The responsibilities of local government include strong schools and safe communities. After this basic need is fulfilled, then it is up to citizens, businesses, community-based nonprofits and houses of worship to work hand-in-hand in creating our quality of life. The dignity of work should be accessible to all citizens with a safety net in place to care for those going through health or economic transitions.
INVESTING IN YOUNG PEOPLE
As a parent who has raised two daughters here in Gwinnett, I am in tune with the need for families, schools, businesses and nonprofits to jointly invest in the future, our young people. This means a public school system that reflects the needs and wishes of local parents, with businesses and nonprofits who are actively involved in providing internships, scholarships, training, and job opportunities. This is a smart investment.
A Desire to Serve
The success of our business has allowed Suzanne and I the opportunity to give back to the community in which we live and work. Our first big community undertaking was during the 2008 downturn. After seeing the shortages in local foodbanks, we initiated the Gwinnett Can Challenge. Partnering with over 40 other nonprofits throughout the county (many involving schools and youth organizations), over 100 tons of food was collected and distributed to area food banks over a four year period. Today our philanthropic arm, The Holtkamp Family Foundation, provides ongoing support to The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning, The Hope Clinic, Special Kneads & Treats Bakery, Suwanee Arts Center and Rotary of Gwinnett.
My first political steps came while serving on the board of the Metro Atlanta Air Conditioning Contractors Association. As the legislative committee chairman, I was responsible for sharing the needs of the industry with legislators. Today in my role as President of the Conditioned Air Association of Georgia, I have met legislators from all over the state. As well, I was recently appointed by Governor Kemp to the Conditioned Air Licensing Board. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting scores of passionate fellow Georgians.
In the spring of 2021, I was elected to the Gwinnett County Republican Party Executive Board where I lead fundraising efforts to help Republican candidates win local elections. This also includes helping district and precinct managers promote the mission and candidates of the Gwinnett County Republican Party.
Matthew at his Swearing-In by Governor Kemp for the Conditioned Air State Licensing Board