As we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, we're featuring a different partner every few weeks. We'll kick off August with Matt McKeever.

Matt is a Virginia native who has lived in Nashville since 1995. Prior to becoming MZA’s office manager in 2007, he attended the University of South Carolina and owned and operated a pioneering independent record store in Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood.

1. Where is your favorite place to eat in Nashville?

Margot. I’ve dined there for probably 15 years, and it never gets old. The staff are all wonderful. The food is great. I like that they have stuck to their original vision vs chasing current food/dining trends.

2. What’s the most beautiful city you’ve been to?

Florence, Italy

3. Is there a Nashville building you admire?

Spence Manor. Cool façade

4. Sounds, Predators, Nashville SC or Titans?

Preds.

5. What initially excited me about working with MZA was…

The opportunity to do something different

6. What’s your favorite place to go for a vacation?

Russian River Valley.

7. What are 5 adjectives to describe you?

Pragmatic, stoic, silly, chill, hungry

8. What is something surprising that you good at?

Hula hoop

9. What do you put on your pizza?

Banana peppers and onions