Career Speaker Series

Career Speaker Series
Posted on 04/20/2018
This is the image for the news article titled  Career Speaker SeriesILHS upperclassmen learned about communications and government relations with a visit from a familiar face with an unexpected message. 
Assistant basketball coach Zach Overturf's older brother paid a special visit to talk about his career and the path he took to get where he is today. 
Matt Overturf is the External Relations Officer for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement Service. He has served in this critical communications role for more than three years now. He advises the administration on government issues and creates communication pieces for OPERS members. 
As a graduate of Wittenberg University, Overturf told students he changed his major from business to political science after just a year in college. Upon graduation he secured an internship in the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and later earned a position as a legislative aide to lawmakers in the Ohio House of Representatives. Overturf served as the Ohio Deputy Budget Director, before taking his current position at OPERS. 
He urged students to be kind to others in school, at home and in the workplace. 
"Everything's a gotcha moment, especially in politics. But when it spills into real life, it's sad. Be kind. I say this coming from a political environment."
Overturf urged students to find something they are passionate about, work hard and have compassion. 
His visit is part of the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce's Career Speaker Series at area high schools.