He has served as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the University and Chairman
of the Board of Trustees of the University of Memphis Foundation. He has been a guest
lecturer and speaker at the University on multiple occasions and has taught in the
Department of Political Science. He and his family have provided significant financial
support for academic and athletic programs at the University of Memphis.
Martin has enjoyed a distinguished business career. He retired in 2007 from his role
as Chairman and CEO of retailer, Saks Incorporated, having led that enterprise during
an 18-year period of significant growth and value creation. He currently serves as
Chairman of the private investment firm, RBM Venture Company, and is a member of the
Board of Directors of FedEx Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, First Horizon
National Corporation, and Pilot/Flying J.
Martin is Chairman of the R. Brad Martin Family Foundation which provides philanthropic
support to a number of important programs and institutions. Among the interests of
the Foundation is the work of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, housed
at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, which provides world-class professional development
opportunities for K-12 public and private school teachers.
He is the co-author of FIVE STONES: Conquering Your Giants scheduled for release by
Abingdon Press in August of 2013. He previously wrote the children’s book, MYLES’
Martin holds an MBA degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt
Martin’s wife, Dina, also a U of M graduate, is active in a variety of University,
community, and philanthropic programs. Martin is the father of five sons. He and his
wife have been large supporters of the University of Memphis Alumni Association as
well. They are both life members of the Association and the proud owners of the Tigers Around Town 1913 tiger, "Screech". Martin was recognized as a 1983 Distinguished Alumni Award