Buckner was born and raised in Beaumont, TX, where he was instilled with a love of the outdoors at an early age. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004, Buckner cancelled his plans to attend law school and instead moved to Vail. While he originally intended to stay for only one ski season, those plans quickly changed and he soon began a career as a real estate appraiser. He has been appraising in Eagle, Pitkin, and Garfield counties since early 2005. Aside from his broker's license, Buckner still holds the title of Certified Residential Appraiser and runs his own appraisal company, Matthews Appraisals, LLC.
In the rare moments when he is not working, Buckner loves traveling, snowboarding, and hiking. He responds to both Buck or Buckner, and lives in Edwards with his wife Kathryn and their cat, Tuna. He also frequently spends time in Aspen and is a member of the Aspen Board of Realtors.