Matthew B. Hayes, President & CEO, Museum of Flight, “Project Welcome Home, the Museum of Flight’s Vietnam War Memorial Park & the B‑52 Restoration”
Matt Hayes joined the Museum of Flight in March 2006. Since then Hayes has held many posts, from B‑17 restoration volunteer, to Vice President of Finance and Administration, and Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2017. In his current role as President/CEO, Hayes is responsible for directing the Museum’s long‑term strategic planning process and ensuring that the Museum reaches its goal of becoming the foremost educational air and space museum in the world.
From 2002 to 2006, Hayes worked as the CFO for Alliance for Education in Seattle as an Audit Senior Manager, where he played a key role in driving the organization’s strategic planning process. Hayes introduced business modeling to the organization, which resulted in making operating processes more cohesive and effective.
He worked with Deloitte & Touche LLP at the Philadelphia office from 1993 to 1995, and then took a position in Seattle from 1995 to 2002.
Hayes grew up in the rural western New York town of Byron and moved to Seattle in 1995. He attended Villanova University, where he earned a B.S. in Accounting magna cum laude and passed the CPA exam in November 1994.
Hayes has served on multiple non‑profit boards and is active in the community. As a pilot, he has Commercial, Instrument and Seaplane ratings.