Air date: Saturday, March 31
Guest: Robert “Bob” Martin
Host: Steve Woods (Stevoe)
Studio Contributor Debi Davis
Executive Producer: Shannon Maguire
President at Maine Technology Institute Robert A. Martin Bob did his undergraduate studies at The George Washington University and earned his MBA degree from The Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a U.S. Army veteran.
Prior to MTI, Martin was the Managing Partner of Strategic Equity Partners, LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic counsel, financial restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, brand architecture, marketing and operations analysis to help enterprises focus on those matters most significant to their success. The firm served a wide variety of firms in the consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, manufacturing and commercial real estate development sectors.
Martin’s business experience includes senior executive roles at The Washington Post, The Hartford Courant, and the Reichhold and Earthrise subsidiaries of Dai Nippon Ink & Chemicals where he had global responsibilities for polymer and biochemical products. Stevoe and Martin talked about the Watergate scandal and Woodward and Bernstein during Martin’s time at The Washington Post.
He was appointed President of The Maine Technology Institute by Governor Paul LePage and confirmed by the 125th Legislature in September, 2012. Martin and Stevoe also discussed how MTI interacts with the government. Martin described that although he is an employee of the state of Maine, all other MTI employees are not.
The Maine Technology Institute, located in Brunswick, is an industry-led, publicly-funded, nonprofit venture organization that invests public funds into companies engaged in development of innovative technologies and propels them to commercialization. Since 2000, MTI has invested over $168 million in Maine organizations and currently manages a $106 million portfolio of companies representing the industry sectors of Aquaculture and Marine; Biotechnology; Composites and Advanced Materials; Environmental Technology; Forest Products and Agriculture; Information Technology; and, Precision Manufacturing.