Meet the Owners


Matthew Dow

Owner, MTD Building Contractors

Matt started his building and landscaping career in 1988 and after a decade of experience, he was ready to take on additional challenges. In 1994, he started MTD’s Property Maintenance as a part-time lawn mowing and property maintenance company. In 2000, he left his full-time position at Dana Robes Wood Craftsmen to start growing MTD’s. After several years of work, he expanded into the realm of building, and transformed the company into what it is today. Under Matt’s leadership, MTD’s has seen rapid growth. MTD’s is one of the most recognized and recommended property maintenance and building contractor businesses in the area.

Matt loves working and finds it difficult to take a break. When he does finally take a break, he enjoys spending time with his family, boating in the summer, and snowmobiling in the winter.

Matt is a big part of the community: he is a board member of Friends of Mascoma Foundation, supports the food pantry, and volunteers at church. Matt celebrated his 25 year anniversary to his beautiful bride, Bekki in 2018. He also has three wonderful daughters.

Patrick Howard

Owner, MTD’s Property Maintenance and Services

Patrick Howard has been a part of the Mascoma community his entire life. He attended Enfield Elementary School, and eventually graduated from Mascoma Valley Regional High School. Patrick was one of the first recipients of the Friends of Mascoma Scholarship awards. From there, he went on to pursue an associate degree in Horticulture and Landscape Management along with a minor in Forestry at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

During Patrick’s time at UNH he obtained his ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute) certification. Patrick also became a certified Techo-Bloc installer, allowing MTD’s to be listed on the national Techo Pro installer website. Through his degree program he attended the GIE+ EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky and the Northeast Hardscape Expo in Providence, Rhode Island. He and fellow classmates competed in live patio build off competitions against some of the best landscape schools and contractors throughout the country. This past spring Patrick won second place in the patio build competition at the Northeast Hardscape Expo.

Patrick joined the MTD’s family in 2013. Through his curiosity and hard work, Patrick was exposed to many aspects of the business including plowing, sanding, landscaping, and lawn maintenance. As Patrick progressed with the company, he was promoted to head of the Landscaping Department. His responsibilities included overseeing the completion of jobs, scheduling, ordering materials, communications with suppliers, and designing 3D virtual images of end products.

During his free time Patrick enjoys going on motorcycle rides with his friends and family, camping at Gunstock Mountain, and going out to eat at his favorite restaurant, The Big Catch, located on Newfound Lake. Patrick is very much looking forward to working in the area he grew up in, and hopes he can bring a fresh, new perspective to the landscaping and property maintenance industry in the Upper Valley.