Matt Spathas

Founding Principal

Founded in 1989, SENTRE is a vertically integrated real estate investment firm headquartered in San Diego with extensive experience in office, multi-family, retail and industrial properties.

SENTRE has acquired, developed and/or operated projects throughout the West Coast totaling more than 10 million square feet and $4B in transactional volume.

Matt is a founder of SENTRE and sits on the company’s Board of Directors.  Matt has over 30 years of real estate experience, having acquired, developed, managed, or facilitated in excess of $2.5 billion of real estate transactions. Prior to joining SENTRE, Matt spent 8 years with Trammell Crow Company, the nation’s largest commercial development company.

Matt also serves as CEO of Bandwidth Now, which transforms commercial buildings into “next gen” environments, treating bandwidth as a utility and Wi-Fi as an amenity using its patent pending Building Optical Network (BON). Bandwidth Now and SENTRE were nominated by Intel for the Computerworld Honors Program’s 21st Century Achievement Award.

In 2004, Matt journeyed to Asia with Realcomm on a mission to seek out next generation real estate and best practices touring 38 buildings in 5 countries and 12 cities. This tour also included visiting two K thru 12 international schools, the Western Academy of Beijing and Concordia International School of Shanghai.

He has participated on several real estate thought leadership panels throughout the US including Realcomm, UNC Charlotte, Cisco, and Intel. SENTRE’s leading edge next generation buildings have been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Cisco’s IQ Magazineand Fast Company Magazine. Matt’s vision for education has been profiled in the University of San Diego Horizons Magazine and the Voice of San Diego – 21st Century School House and Trashing the Chalkboards.

Matt served as a board member of Aztec Venture Network, a San Diego-based seed capital and mentoring resource available to qualified early-stage companies in need of financing and business coaching expertise in order to advance their business plan.

In 2008, Matt was honored by Oregon State University’s College of Business at its 100th year anniversary of Innovative Global Leaders which honored 100 graduates. The featured 100 are a “who’s who” of Oregon, national and global business leaders.

Passionate about education, Matt worked with teachers, district staff and community to launch in a cluster of public schools in San Diego on Project Light Speed which is a series of digital initiatives intended to provide digital resources and tools for teachers and students and increase awareness of the need for 21st Century transformation – all geared to engage and empower students. A key initiative of Project LightSpeed was Live Homework Help, free online tutoring service for students which was a collaborative effort of vision and funding by SDUSD, the City of San Diego and private business – one of the first of its kind in the US. To learn more, see Trashing The Chalkboards.

Matt is a frequent speaker in educational forums on the topic “Engaging, Empowering and Preparing Students for the 21st Century.” Matt was invited by the San Diego County Office of Education to address over 300 School Superintendents, Principals throughout San Diego County about Skills of the 21st Century Workplace.

Currently Matt serves on the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education (SOLES) Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of e3 Civic High, a new public charter high school located in the recently completed San Diego Public Library. This urban mixed use project is believed to be the first of its kind in the US – a school inside of a public library building.

Matt is involved at San Diego State University, as a founding member of Hoopla, which has raised over $1 million to support academic achievement of student athletes. Matt and his wife Kris have four children.