Matt and Sarah met when they were quite young, but never gave that encounter they had at a Farm Safety Camp in Pleasanton when they were in elementary school much thought. Though they were less than an hour apart, their paths never seemed to cross. Then, they got together again while in college and well, this time the meeting held their attention!
Matt Franklin grew up on the family’s fifth generation ranch in McMullen County. He attended McMullen County School where he participated in just about every activity offered and excelled in academics, FFA Agricultural Career Development and athletics. He had a love for basketball and excelled at the game. As a senior he was named the San Antonio Express 1A Regional MVP and earned a Presidential Scholarship to Schriener University where he was a member of the basketball team. Matt enjoyed his time in Kerrville, but after two years there he decided to pursue an Agricultural Economics degree at Texas A&M.
While at TAMU, Matt was involved in many activities and was an award winner in the prestigious Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. Matt serves as a mentor and judge of student projects in this program annually. He has helped many students hone their business ideas through this program! After graduation from Aggieland, Matt moved on to St. Mary’s School of Law where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. He had always wanted to return to the brush country and had that opportunity via Edward Haverlah’s law firm in Pleasanton. He soon had the chance to become a 50% owner of Martin Abstract and sole owner of the law firm. Matt enjoys contract law specializing in Real Estate, Oil and Gas and Energy Resources and Estate Planning.
Sarah Novak grew up on her family’s farm in the Black Hill community and attended Pleasanton schools. She comes from a strong farming family and enjoys the agricultural lifestyle. While in school, Sarah participated and excelled in academics, FFA and was Valedictorian. She has been named the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Teenager of the year and Young Citizen of the Year.
Sarah attended Texas A&M University where she continued serving and leading many service organizations and school affiliated clubs. She earned her Agricultural Economics degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is Vice President/Branch Manager of the Texas Farm Credit Office in Pleasanton and serves on numerous committees within that organization.
Sarah and Matt both have incredible servants’ hearts. Locally, Sarah helps with church activities, volunteers at Pleasanton Young Farmers Auctions, Rodeos and the Atascosa County Junior Livestock Show.
She is the Chairman of the Livestock Committee at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition (the first ever female to serve in that function) and serves on the Board of Directors.
Sarah is a graduate of the esteemed Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (TALL) program.
Matt volunteers at church activities, assists at the Atascosa and McMullen County Livestock Shows, supports the Majesty Outdoors Christian mentoring program as well as many others. He is an Officer in the Tri County CCA Chapter.
Being true to their roots, Matt and Sarah continue to help their families by working on the farms and ranches they grew up on.
They both are always ready to jump in and help any worthy cause, especially if it is helping kids or those in need. They are each other’s biggest supporters in their civic service!