Matt first became interested in the stock market while attending West Virginia University. A finance professor told a story about how a few thousand dollars invested in Mylan Pharmaceutical's stock in the 1970's had turned a number of employees, some even working as janitors at the company, into millionaires after holding onto their shares. The seed of investing in quality stocks and holding those positions for a very long time was planted. After completing his MBA and working in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas for a number of years, Matt joined the Fool as a contributor in 2011. Follow his stock picks on CAPS at TMFMT or on Twitter @mthalman5513.