We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Balogh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process when starting Nomadic was to combine my two passions in life, Baseball & Travel, and create a platform that would impact youth baseball players around the world. I wanted to provide life changing opportunities for international players who dreamed of competing at the college or professional level someday.
What should our readers know about your business?
I officially launched Nomadic Baseball in 2019 just after my playing career came to an end. My goal was to create a travel baseball experience that brought together different cultures and backgrounds from all over the world. Our first event with Nomadic was unlike any baseball trip I have ever been on. We recruited an 18u team that consisted of players from five different countries (USA, Canada, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand), and traveled to Dubai to compete in their spring international event. After riding camels in the desert, touring the Burj Khalifa and playing against the best talent in the Middle East, we realized we had created something truly special for youth baseball players.
After our first year with Nomadic, we had players from ten different countries compete in our program. We took tours to Dubai, Colorado and Spain. During our trip to Barcelona (February 2020), we partnered with the Spanish Baseball Federation to help their prospects get recruited to US colleges. A week after returning to the US, Covid-19 hit the world and shut down our entire business at Nomadic. With no access to international players or travel; we weren’t sure how to move forward.
Living in Arizona at the time, we were fortunate enough to have the state open up quickly. I saw an opportunity to start growing the Nomadic brand locally and work with players in the east valley. We began recruiting a 15u team in the fall of 2020 in hopes to progress forward. We ended up attracting some amazing families and players into our program and word quickly spread. One year later, we expanded Nomadic into four teams (13u-16u) in Arizona and two teams in California (Los Angeles).
Running your own business is never easy, but what I’ve learned so far is passion and a relentless work ethic can overcome any obstacle that stands in the way of achieving your goals.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Living in a vacation destination, I frequently find myself entertaining friends that are in town for the weekend. Our itinerary usually involves a round of golf in Scottsdale, and a day trip to Sedona.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Success is a tough thing to accomplish without the proper support around you. I was very fortunate to surround myself with people who encouraged me everyday, pushed me to my potential and saw the bigger picture on what I was trying to achieve. To those people that stood in my corner, I can’t thank you enough.
All images were taken by Hayley Secondo – Media Director with Nomadic