GLAZIER NATION POSISTION: CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT & CEO
LIVES IN: DOUGLAS, GA
Hometown: DOUGLAS, GA
EDUCATION: Coffee High School, Citizens Christian Academy, East Central Technical College, South Georgia College, Wallace Community College, South Georgia State College
HOBBIES: TRAVELING, DOCUMENTING, HUNTING, FISHING, GARDENING WITH FAMILY, KAYAKING, CHILDREN'S BALL GAMES, GOLF, CRUISES
PASSIONS: CHRISTIANITY, CHRISTIAN MISSIONS, ASTRO PHYSICS, SUSTAINABILTY, HIS CABIN IN THE WOODS, ALL THINGS GLASS, MRS. KACI & THE KIDS, HELPING PEOPLE WITH GOOD JOBS
Matt grew up in a small town in Southeastern Georgia in the heart of the Bible Belt. Most of the kids still earned their school clothes money working for local farmers in the summers by harvesting tobacco. Matt's parents earned their living by creating a small Glass Shop and a Cattle Farm. That small town Glass Shop would eventually grow into one of the largest in the world.
Matt's father taught him work ethic, integrity and how to run an honorable life while Matt's mother taught him how to follow Jesus Christ and live life for God...they both taught him how to run an glass company through teamwork. Barbara and Kenny Day was a team, their family members was a team and their work partners / employees was a team.
As a young man at the age of 21, Matt lost his father in a tractor accident and a few weeks later his mother was diagnosed with cancer. All this happened in the late Fall of 2007 when the Great Recession began to fall on America. As farm input cost went sky high and the phones quit ringing at the glass shop, Matt was left with his first big decision...save the farm, save the glass company, try to save them both or abandon them both. Matt desperately tried to save them both but in 2010 decided to go all in on the glass shop to save the jobs of the workforce. He sold all the cattle, 90 acres of the farm and anything else he could. In 2011, the Recession raged on in the Deep South and Glass Workers called Glaziers began to come from all over South Georgia to apply at Day's Glass. Matt kept every single application and prayed over them.
In 2013, Matt convinced a group of Glaziers from all over South Georgia to give their situations to GOD and told them that they needed to start a TEAM. This team would go to glass companies all over the South and work as needed for commercial glazing firms. The Team and company would be called G.O.D. or Glaziers on Demand. Within two years the firm became the largest glass company in Georgia in terms of the number of Glaziers employed. Within five years they became one of the biggest non-union glaziers in the United States, within 10 years they had completed over 1,400 significant glazing projects and grew one of the largest glazing portfolios in the world. Matt's strongest attribute is putting together the right Labor Teams for some of the World's Biggest Glass Projects.
Matt never cared about other Glaziers joining up to start other competition against G.O.D., in fact he started a free Glaziers Academy and taught them how for over a year in Dallas, Texas. Many people came to this Academy where there housing costs, food costs and training costs was fully covered. Everyone that came got certified on OSHA, Boom Lifts, Scissor Lift and Telehandlers. Everyone got taught basics of curtain wall, storefront and general glazing practices. The majority of these workers never even worked for Glaziers on Demand. The company just felt that we owed it to other fellow human beings to help them provide a better living for their family. The Academy also focused on helping Christian Glaziers to start Glazing Businesses, Elevating Women & African Americans within Construction, and helping everyday glaziers struggling with addictions.
Glaziers on Demand also started a Movement called Glazier Nation. Glazier Nation was a Social Media tool that would gather all the Glaziers in the world into one Umbrella and then help them better their lives. It grew way more than ever was anticipated. Glazier Nation has become the home to over 50,000 Glazing Professionals. People that work not just all over the world but throughout every position and sector of the trade. Glazier Nation became more than an educator, it became a documenter of the industry. The Glass Industry, at 5,500 years old is one of the oldest industries in the world. Glazier Nation has made the Hall of Fame, Annual Awards, The Glazier Nation Podcast to document every single year of it.
Glazier Nation also started offering tools to help the Glass Companies themselves with every department of their business, such as: Safety Programs, Insurance Solutions, Marketing, Recruiting, Training, Vetting, Onboarding, Funding, Procurement and Networking.
But the biggest thing to ever come from Glazier Nation, was WorkNab. WorkNab is an App that allows Employers to hire workers only when they need them. It also allows them to choose the worker that is best suited for the job. It also allows every worker to operate their career as their own business and handles all the paperwork required for them.
In 2024, Matt plans to focus a greater portion of his time on company missions such as: Church Camps, Recovery Centers, Food Banks, International Christian Persecution, Orphans, Elderly. Minority Owned Businesses and Third World Blue Collar Trade Education.
Matt keeps and open door policy and would love to hear from you. His phone number and email has both been made available.