Matt Duckworth is the founder of Deal Camp. He has acted as CFO and Advisor to some of the southeast US’s top-performing businesses, including the region’s second-largest fitness chain, the region’s fastest-growing weight-loss concepts, one of the region’s largest funeral home chains, and one of the region’s fastest-growing equipment finance companies.

During this time he’s led multiple M&A transactions from Letter of Intent through Closing & Integration for himself and his clients and is an expert in small business LBO structuring and risk mitigation.

He has stewarded the closing of over $350 million in real estate & construction projects and has helped secure over $75 million in bank financing for small businesses.

Matt is a former Adjunct Professor in Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and has contributed to two published books, The Minimum Wage Millionaire by Bill Edgar and Bonds: The Unbeaten Path to Secure Investment Growth by Stan & Hildy Richelson (Bloomberg Press).

Matt holds a Master of Business Administration and has passed FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities certifications.

It Wasn't Always Easy


From an early age, I knew I wanted to invest in and own great companies. In our home, it was not uncommon to overhear discussions of value investing greats like Warren Buffet, Charlie Munger, and Ben Graham. It probably wasn't hard for people to predict that I'd find myself after college at an investment bank as a broker and, eventually, a trader.

After climbing the ladder of success and realizing I wanted to chart my own path, I left my high 6-figure job to attend grad school. Soon after I bought my first business. Soon thereafter, we ran it right into the ground and both of my partners filed bankruptcy.

It was this moment in life that taught me most of what I use today to find great businesses. By avoiding mistakes, I've dramatically improved my and my clients' results.

Deal Camp is all about sharing those very real, very painful lessons with you so you can achieve your financial dreams. 

“Matt came along at a time when I had one of my businesses of 15 years at its zenith and it was time for me to let it go. I needed someone to help me with the transition and assess whether I was taking the right step. I also wanted to pivot into something scalable and independent of me. Matt worked with me to create a personalized strategy and provided guidance where needed. Having someone to help me walk through the numbers according to my level of understanding was a game changer. Not only did I get an opportunity for personal growth, I now have more free time to do other things I wanted to do." 


“Using the materials and framework from Deal Camp helped me talk to brokers, banks, sellers and find business partners to work with. Deal Camp gets you from thinking about deals to actually going out and implementing what you’ve learned by closing those deals. Within 4 months of going through Deal Camp, I’m already on my way to a multi-million dollar acquisition with millions of revenue to benefit over the next coming years. That’s a big ROI for me and now, my confidence level is through the roof!.”


“My husband and I already owned several storage facilities, but wanted to find a way to expand beyond what we could finance on our own. With Deal Camp, I learned how to seal the deals we wanted, get the necessary paperwork and avoid bad deals in the long term. I’m quite grateful for the thought-provoking materials and community of like-minded people who were super helpful on my journey. 

Matt was also helpful in helping me understand what numbers are important to investors and how to get them. Now, all I have to do is go after the deals I want and make them happen!”


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