Matson Money West in Scottsdale the result of a long, cold Ohio winter

Posted at 2:52 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 12:50:47-05

It's called Matson Money West and it may be the palace of wealth management firms.  

It's anything but a boring office with cubicles and low walls. There's a level of rustic sophistication with its custom made wooden tables and metal light fixtures.

The 50,000-square-foot building on Pima Road in North Scottsdale is equipped with state-of-the-art training rooms, a kitchen, a coffee shop, and a store. It's the new headquarters for an established Cincinnati company, and it was a pipe dream just a few years ago. 

"It was February at 2 a.m. when I woke up and had the inspiration," said founder and CEO, Mark Matson. "It was -2 degrees and I told myself I'm not going to spend another 25 years of my life here in this weather."

He made good on that promise to himself. Matson put together a PowerPoint presentation, gathered 17 employees together and made his case to move the company west. All 17 were in.

"We've hired 10 employees and within the next five years our goal is to have more than 100," he said. "We have a lot of space we haven't developed yet inside of the building."

Matson Money, which still has a Cincinnati office, is now in its 25th year of operation. It is a multi-dimensional company. Not only is it an investment advisory firm with $7 billion under management, it's also an education destination, coaching financial professionals and investors on strategy. Hundreds from across the country are expected to attend monthly conferences at the training center. Matson also included a small studio in the building for television appearances. He often makes the network circuit, sparring with other money experts on the state of and future of the market.

"I hope to get another 25 years out of this gig so we give our company 50 years. That's the kind of excitement and adventure entrepreneurs stand for in this country," Matson said.