In Chapter 1 of 18 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, HomeAway government relations director Matt Curtis answers "What Childhood Experiences Have Been Most Fundamental to Shaping Who You Are Today?" Curtis recalls a childhood where he and his friends were free to roam the neighborhood and play outdoors into the late hours. The constant outdoors experience gives Curtis an early appreciation for nature and for embracing the outdoors. Matt Curtis is the director of government relations at HomeAway Inc. Previously he was communications director for Austin mayors Lee Leffingwell and Will Wynn. He earned his bachelor's degree in radio, television and film from the University of North Texas.