In Chapter 5 of 18 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, public affairs and communications strategist Matt Curtis answers "What is on Your Mind as You Turn 40 This Year?" As Curtis prepared to turn 40, he focused on what he had not done and not achieved. After speaking with his advisors, who are in their late 60s and early 70s, he finds turning 40 is an opportunity to reflect on the past and take charge of future plans. With this perspective he regrets less and embraces opportunities more. Matt Curtis is the director of government relations at HomeAway Inc. Previously he was communications director for Austin mayors Lee Leffingwell and Will Wynn. In 2011, Curtis won "Austinite of the Year" in the Austin Under 40 Awards. He earned his bachelor's degree in radio, television and film from the University of North Texas.