But did you know that Martin is experienced in organizing parades? During the 1990s, as a member of the Chula Vista Junior Chamber of Commerce and Bonita Business and Professionals Association, Martin organized several community parades, including the Bonita Fest Parade and Fiesta de la Luna Parade.
“We would have 130 or so entries, including horses, floats, clowns, firefighters, politicians riding in convertibles and marching bands with drum majorettes and baton twirlers,” Martin said. “It was great fun, but a lot of work. Some of our parades drew crowds of up to 15,000 people. There’s nothing like a parade for bringing a community together and building a sense of pride. ”
Did you also know that Martin is a runner who runs sometimes up to 15 miles per week? He’s training for several races this year. On Sunday, Jan. 17, Martin will lace up those sneakers for the 2016 Carlsbad Half Marathon. He’s also aiming for the La Jolla Half Marathon on April 24 and the America’s Finest City Half Marathon on Aug. 21.
“Runners call those three races the `Triple Crown;’ so, now that I’m a 50-year-old, my goal is to complete all three this year,” Martin said. “I run in the morning, daytime or evening, whenever I can, depending on appointments and escrow closings.”
Martin was born in Imperial Valley’s Brawley, Calif., and raised in nearby Calipatria. He was the youngest of eight children (four boys and four girls). He was elected class president his senior year at Calipatria High School (class of 1984). “There were about 380 students in our entire school, grades 9 through 12, and, to our surprise, there were three boys named Martin in my senior class,” Martin said. “I got the `Martin’ name, while another became known as `Marty’ and the third who spoke only Spanish was called ‘Marti’ (pronounced as mar-TEEN).”
Martin then attended San Diego State University and served as class president of SDSU’s College of Education in 1988. He graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in education.
After college, Martin joined his brother’s insurance business. He worked for 17 years as controller of the Dwight Gove Agency, South County’s largest Hispanic-owned insurance brokerage. During this time, Martin assisted his brother in several real estate transactions and became interested in the real estate field. He earned his real estate license in 2004 prior to the sale of the family insurance business in 2006. He is currently with Coldwell Banker West.
Martin is very involved in the Elks, a fraternal benevolent organization. He is currently serving as 2015-2016 vice president of the California-Hawaii Elks Association, representing the 10 lodges in San Diego County. He is a past president and member for the past 22 years of the Chula Vista Elks Lodge #2011.
“The Elks invest in our communities through programs that promote the spirit of American patriotism and help children improve literacy and avoid drugs,” said Martin. “Since 2010, we have provided more than 25,000 free dictionaries to every third grader attending the 70 or so schools in the South Bay. We also have distributed thousands of coloring books so children can learn how to grow up drug free. Plus, the Elks’ scholarship program ranks third in the country in dollars awarded behind the Gates Foundation and the U.S. government. My father taught me at an early age to give back to our community.”
In addition to the Elks, Martin has been a supporter of the Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs and Sons of the American Legion, as well as “Stand Down,” an annual event in July that assists homeless veterans. He also regularly spends time playing bingo with residents of the California Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Home, located off Telegraph Canyon Road in Chula Vista.
Martin says he appreciates the support provided to REALTORS® by PSAR. “An investment in education pays the best interest and PSAR is an outstanding resource for education that helps us better serve our clients,” he said. “Learning can help anyone to keep moving forward and change for the better.”