In Chapter 2 of 18 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, public affairs and communications strategist Matt Curtis answers "What Did You Learn About Yourself by Traveling Abroad to Meet Distant Family?" Curtis plans a trip to his grandparents' birthplace in Western Ireland - specifically Attymass in County Mayo - to meet distant relatives. The trip allows Curtis to not only meet family and learn about the geography, but also it was about understanding core values and characteristics that remain present in his family today. 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.