Matt Wender Matt Wender...

Matt Wender recently retired from West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust where he served as Investment Manager since 1998. WV JIT manages the state’s Venture Capital Fund with a portfolio of investments and funds in excess of $26 million. WVJIT has a statewide presence where they currently have a portfolio of 21 companies in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, software development, bio-medical and insurance. He represented WV JIT on several Boards of Directors. Before joining WVJIT, he was employed by a privately held venture capital firm for two years.

Prior to his involvement with venture capital investing, his earlier years include 21 years as a self employed businessman in retailing in Oak Hill, Beckley and other southern West Virginia locations. He holds a BS in Finance and an MBA from West Virginia University as well as being a CPA.

He is a current Vice President and a founding board member (1988) of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (formerly 4-C EDA) which serves Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers Counties.

His other civic involvement include; serving on the Board of West Virginia Red Cross; Central Appalachian Empowerment Zone; Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority; and the Region 1 Workforce Investment’s LEO Board.