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Jack of all trades, master of three.

Concept Development Concept Development

I’m first and foremost an “idea guy.” I want to author stories so compelling that people remember them, think about them and act upon them. I want to milk every last drop out of a media plan once it’s established and invent one when it’s not.

Copywriting Copywriting

“Nobody reads the copy,” says the person unwilling to try 25 two-word combinations for the call to action on a 75×75-pixel button. Whether I’m writing TV dialogue, billboard headlines or SEO-laden website copy, every word matters.

All Things Digital All Things Digital

With its mysterious languages, invisible metadata and ever-changing parameters, working in digital is a complete pain in the ass. But I’m still in awe of its power. My first YouTube video earned 640,000 views and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Top Stories

Every day, I write for companies. Here are a few words about me.

My Trip to Guam

My Trip to Guam

Posted on Apr 15, 2015

In February 2015, I had the opportunity to travel to Guam for an international volleyball tournament. Eager to play with one friend and reunite with another, I packed my bag and flew across the Pacific. The editor of Volleyball Magazine took me up on an offer to share my story with her readers and the article is now here for all to […]



Posted on Mar 29, 2015

Lauren Fendrick is one of the very best pro beach volleyball players in America. She was an alternate on the USA Olympic team in 2012—that won both the gold and silver medals in London—and she’s fighting tooth and nail to be one of only four American women to make the 2016 team in Rio. When […]

The Vol-B-Que Events

The Vol-B-Que Events

Posted on Oct 27, 2014

For years, I’ve heard people all around the sport of volleyball complain about attendance numbers at big matches. While elite volleyball players are rockstars in countries like Brazil, Poland and Italy, they just don’t draw at home. So I set out to change that. Taking a cue from USC tailgates, I invented the “Vol-B-Que,” an all-day volleyball festival […]

My Waterworld

My Waterworld

Posted on Oct 23, 2014

No one does the exposé-style documentary quite like Participant Media. If you’ve seen An Inconvenient Truth, The Cove or Food, Inc., you know what it’s like to feel an urgent need to change your life habits to save the planet and yourself as the credits roll. Well, a few years ago, producers at Participant took on the global water […]

Other Side of the Lens

Other Side of the Lens

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

I’m used to being behind the camera. It’s usually a fun day when I get to be out of the office and on production, whether it be for a print photo shoot, TV spot or online video. There are worse places to be in the world than video village, where catered meals and fancy coffee […]

Volleyball Cartoons

Volleyball Cartoons

Posted on Feb 13, 2012

In late 2011, Volleyball Hall of Famer Jon Hastings reached out to me for some content for one of his publications. Jon is the editor of Volleyball USA, the quarterly “official magazine of USA Volleyball” as well as DiG magazine, beach volleyball’s premiere publication. Jon needed an illustration to accompany an article about coaching juniors. […]



“A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.” – Jim Collins, Good to Great

Margie Johnson

“Matt Garthoff is THE most well-rounded CD I’ve ever worked with. He’s smart, logical, inventive and a master of his craft. I love how he manages his teams and his relationships with co-workers.”

- Margie Johnson

EVP, Professional Services

Greg Orlowski

“Often when I hit a dead-end on a project, that’s when I track down Matt. He has the rare ability to find creative opportunity in most any project. His work is critical and thoughtful – or simply put, he just gets it.”

- Greg Orlowski

Creative Director, Nomadic Agency

Mike Wolfsohn

“Matt was always a go-to guy during the five years we worked together at Ignited, and I would strongly recommend him to anyone looking for top-rate creative talent without the top-rate creative ego.”

- Mike Wolfsohn

CCO, High Wide & Handsome