Chief Development Officer
As Chief Development Officer, Matt Petro works with elected and city officials to make a positive impact on communities nationwide. His primary focus is understanding the needs of communities and providing solutions that help them achieve their goals. Over the course of his career at Retail Strategies he has served and excelled in numerous positions on the team, gaining experience in business attraction and development, market research, marketing, and relationship management. Matt’s passion to succeed, willingness to help others, and relentless work ethic brings tremendous value to our team and the communities we serve.
Matt has been a featured speaker for organizations such as the National League of Cities, the Community Development Institute, the Kansas Economic Development Alliance, and the Alabama Association of Regional Councils. He has also spoken at his alma mater in classes at the Culverhouse College of Business at the University of Alabama.
Matt received his bachelor’s degree in marketing with a specialization in sales from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide). A 2018 recipient of “Rising Stars in Commercial Real Estate” by the Business Journal, Matt is a licensed Real Estate Professional and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Matt and his wife Amanda live in Birmingham with their son, Parker. When he’s not at work or chasing his toddler around, Matt can be found playing a variety of instruments, mainly guitar, or enjoying outdoor activities.
Thomas Edison, if you disagree then you are calling my mom a liar.
My family eats “Sunday Lunch” every Sunday. There are 30+ of us and we have never missed a Sunday.
My dad never let me quit anything I started. It’s the most valuable quality I have.