Jon D. Willis is the President and Managing Partner of Matchstick Media, a cutting-edge digital marketing agency based in Scottsdale, Arizona. He started Matchstick with Joshua Feuerstein, a social media influencer with over 3 million followers and 4 Billion video views. Their agency has many notable clients including Grant Cardone, Patrick Bet-David, The NRA, Ford, Jeep, AutoNation, Hunter Nation, Columbia University, Lottery.com, Ted Nugent, Q4 Sports, Liberty Healthshare, to name a few. Matchstick’s specialty is ad management, brand awareness and hyper-targeted geofencing. Matchstick was able to scale a small t-shirt company from $30,000 in gross monthly sales to two days of back to back million-dollar sale days.
Mr. Willis also has over 21 years of commercial real estate and land development experience. Mr. Willis began his commercial real estate career in 1999 as a senior in high school specializing in land sales but eventually branched out to all commercial specialties. His company, Willis Property Company, has brokered and developed more than $1.5 billion worth of commercial real estate and has assisted in the planning, engineering and development of over 2 dozen master-planned communities (+/- 30,000 residential lots) in the Phoenix Metro Area. In 2011 Mr. Willis began representing Sorenson Group Management, a multi-billion dollar corporation based in Salt Lake City, in the disposition of their $701 million structured portfolio purchase from the FDIC. This portfolio was one the largest listing portfolios in the state of Arizona with over 400 properties to which Mr. Willis single-handedly sold. His company has represented and partnered with several large real estate investments groups around the country including the Walt Disney Family Trust.
Mr. Willis is currently developing a 308 Acre, $258 million family sports and entertainment park in Mesa, AZ called Legacy Sports Park. When finished, it will be the largest privately-owned sports and entertainment facility in the United States. Mr. Willis has been instrumental in development as well as obtaining the equity and construction financing for the Park. He and his partners are also in the process of developing an additional 5-8 sports parks throughout the United States including states like Texas, Colorado, Utah and Nevada as well as Dubai and Australia.
Mr. Willis has been recognized as one of the top real estate instructors and public speakers in the State of Arizona. For 10 years he taught new licensing courses at the Arizona School of Real Estate & Business in Scottsdale, AZ. He was the youngest instructor in the school’s 45-year history and was awarded Arizona Instructor of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He has also been a keynote speaker at Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business for real estate development on several occasions as well as Grand Canyon University.
He has served on several non-profit advisory boards including Act for America, Turning Point USA, and Lifting Generations.
Mr. Willis resides in Mesa, Arizona with his wife Angela and four children Chloe, Jackson, Lily and Ivy.