Teaching Learning Leading K-12

108: Matt Miller & School Spirit Vending

August 16, 2016

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Matt is the Founder of School Spirit Vending. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Academy  and a former pilot of T-38s and C-5 Galaxies. He has been successful in several business ventures in the medical industry, advertising and even selling gumballs. It is the gumball opportunity that led him to the school vending focus.

After hearing Matt tell his life story I get the feeling he is “Determined to succeed, willing to take risks, and not willing to give in…”

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He has helped to raise over 3.5 million dollars for schools.


As a former high school principal, you need to find ways to raise funds. Typically it is through food, candy, car washes and doughnuts. Matt’s company designs stickers and comic books that the students buy from the all mechanical no electronic parts vending machines. No junk food. Typically, no machine breakdowns.


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Additionally, he is the host of the School Zone Podcast. According to Matt, “he was amazed at the incredible variety of school resource and fundraising companies available and started the School Zone Podcast to allow these companies and organizations time to share their stories.”

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School Spirit Vending is located in over 2000 schools across the United States. They develop their products on their own from the ground up. The products are developed based on following age group wants and desires.

Matt’s favorite leadership quote is “help other people get what they want and you will be taken care of” by Zig Ziglar.

He says that he was always looking for a “win-win.” He wanted to help his clients. By following Zig’s thoughts about helping others it has kept him focused on helping him connect and succeed with clients.

School Spirit vending is a company that seeks entrepreneurs who want to market the School Spirit Vending products to regions across the country.

The majority of his franchise holders have other jobs but more and more they are growing to the point where they hire some of their own staff as the sticker machine business expands.

Matt and his franchise holders spend a lot of time with parent-teacher organizations but often work directly with clubs and their sponsors.

Matt was fun to talk with and I am sure you will enjoy listening.

Find out more information about Matt and School Spirit Vending at the following links:

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