Trendsetter to Know: Matt Kwong

Matt (center) with co-founders of Pop ‘N Tea Bar Eric Caraig (left) and Benson Tran (right).

Name: Matt Kwong

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Age: 28

Title: Co-Founder of Pop ‘N Tea Bar

Married/Single: Engaged.

Kids: Not yet, but two fur kids.

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes…

going to work as a financial advisor. When I get home, my fiance and I love to cook all kinds of dishes. On the weekends, I spend time at the shop with my two partners!

I was born…

in Pasadena, CA.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

are the endless outdoor activities! I love going up north to visit Sedona, Flagstaff, and Paige with my dogs.

I’m listening to…

Soulection radio most of the time. I went to Cal State Long Beach for college and a friend introduced me to Joe Kay. Go Beach!

My family…

is in Southern, CA and I try to visit as much as possible. I love taking trips to see family, eat at great restaurants from my childhood, and walk the Huntington Beach pier. The melting pot of cuisines in So Cal is one of the best and there are too many hidden gems to list!

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

Manny Koshbin. Please take me on a tour of your garage!

One thing I cannot live without…

is my iPhone. Gotta stay connected!

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

I’m inspired by…

currently Bobby Hundreds and Jerry Lorenzo.

The one person who motivates me is…

my grandfather. His story is the epitome of the American dream. He came to this country with nothing and put his kids through college, created an investment portfolio, including real estate and retired by the age of 50!

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

to get rid of social media’s false perception of the world and negative influence on kids growing up today.

The perfect day would be…

sitting on a white sand beach with a cooler of beer!

My first job was…

a team member at a boba shop! Got to learn from the best and incorporated new technology along the way to create next level products at Pop ‘N Tea Bar!

My favorite escape…

is going on a cruise in a sports car on an open highway with a friend or two.

My life…

is always on the go and I’m always working on projects!

I’m currently working on…

a secret project for Pop ‘N Tea Bar. Big things coming soon!

Always…

dress to impress because tomorrow is never given.

Never…

forget your sunscreen in AZ during the summer!

Favorite Quote…

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates. Stay humble!

Biggest Dream…

own a chain of real estate and restaurants in different states.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

people asking me how hot it is in Arizona…



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