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Matt Gaarder '97


Macomb, Illinois

Current City

Maryville, Missouri

Northwest Foundation Board Member

Board member since 2023

Board Involvement

  • Membership Committee


  • B.S. Broadcasting; Northwest Missouri State University, 1997


  • Owner; Rapid Elite - Ink. Print. Ship


After a 23 year radio career that started after graduating from Northwest, including work with the Bearcat Radio Network for 20 years, I became a full-time business owner in downtown Maryville. I am married to my wife Sherry and we have two children, Kallie and Myles. We enjoy Bearcat sports, playing sports and spending time outside as much as possible. 

Why are you "forever green"?

"I love Northwest for many reasons. Starting with the great education I received, but also the opportunities and memories that I have that are directly associated with the school. Most of my time has been spent around Bearcat sports and working with the staff in the athletic department as well as getting to know the wonderful Bearcat student-athletes continues to create wonderful memories everyday."