Entrepreneur: Matt Wright

Matt Wright's career in finance has given him business knowledge now applicable in his role as the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce President.

Mr Wright grew up in Forbes and began working in the banking sector after a recommendation from his former teacher. He started as a bank officer and worked his way up to brand manager.

"I did work experience at the State Bank," he explains. "That led to a 10-year career in banking."

Mr Wright commenced with National Australia Bank and loved working across the various aspects of the corporation which included finance management and customer service.

"It gave me a good grounding in finance and I loved helping people," he said.

"I relieved across the branches and worked in Forbes, Gilgandra, Dubbo and Warren."

Mr Wright loved working in a range of different places, each with their own unique appeal.

"One of the roles in the Dubbo office was relieving lending officer. It brought exposure to smaller locations. And I learned that you can't judge people by first impressions and that the towns were similar but with very different dynamics.

"All places have their pockets of vibrancy. That's the great thing- there's some really generous people who are so engaged in their communities."

Mr Wright eventually settled in Dubbo where he moved into the home lending aspect of banking.

"Dubbo was a main branch so I was able to get more opportunities, I finished up in home lending," he explained.

Then he started his own business as a finance broker.

"I created my business as a one-man band 15 years ago doing mortgage broking, coupling with a local real estate agency. It's the perfect marriage."

Five years ago, Mr Wright joined the Chamber of Commerce.

"I attended a Chamber networking day and it provided the opportunity to jump on the board. Twelve months later, I was the president.

"What Chamber does is give businesses an understanding of the environment around them and it gives people the opportunity to talk and meet people they wouldn't otherwise meet.

"I have learnt not to write off opportunities when they arise."