John Martin receives Chamber Honor Award

The Northwest Chamber recently announced the latest inductee into The Northwest Chamber’s Hall of Honor as Mr. John Martin, Executive Director of Development for Southern Nazarene University. The award was presented on January 17, at the Waterford Marriott hotel during a recent Chamber Awards banquet.

John currently serves as the Executive Director of Development for Southern Nazarene University and has been in the position since 1999. He is an active participant in the Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where he has served as both Treasurer and President.

"The Chamber's Hall of Honor is a very special honor awarded only infrequently as Chamber leadership chooses to grant it, which makes this even more meaningful to me. It is so humbling to be recognized for making a difference in the Bethany and Northwest OKC business community. There is still much to be done. I want to continue positioning SNU as a responsible corporate citizen in our city and further strengthen the ties between our campus and the very heartbeat of our city" said John Martin.

Wally Key, President / CEO of the Northwest Chamber, shared with the banquet attendees that for eight years, John not only participated but was involved in every Chamber program and event and he worked tirelessly to make each activity successful. Key went on to say that John had often done things behind the scenes that no one would know about in order to help them achieve their goals. These efforts often translated into a personal sacrifice of time or money, but yet he sought no recognition or acknowledgment.

"This award is positioned to look back and celebrate past accomplishments and that is personally gratifying, but more importantly I hope Oklahoma City increasingly looks to SNU for academic, corporate, and ethical leadership for our community-- in some pretty dramatic ways. If this award helps move that reality forward, then I will think of it as successful” said Martin.

John was one of the first Chamber Ambassadors. He was a founding member of the Education Council, the Finance Committee and the Leadership Northwest Alumni Committee and was instrumental in helping develop the guidelines by which each one operates. He helped design and develop the curriculum for the Leadership Program and served as the first chairman of the Leadership Northwest Alumni Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Board.

“John is a congenial personality, genuinely glad to meet each person to whom he is introduced. His interests are never self-directed, but rather are solely focused learning more about the individual he has just met. His ability to empathize with the concerns of others grants him an uncanny and deeper appreciation and understanding for both sides of an issue and therefore enables him to get people of opposing views to work together in a complimentary fashion,” said Key.

Key states that during John’s tenure, he was the right man at the right time to serve as Chairman of the Board for two consecutive years. He was instrumental in helping guide the Chamber through a tumultuous transition that threatened to destroy the organization’s credibility. It was his leadership and guidance during this time that would become the foundation upon which the organization’s current success has been built.

Outside the Chamber John is actively involved in his neighborhood association. He is also the current President of the Oklahoma City Kiwanis Club and he teaches in an adjunct capacity at Southwestern Christian University. John and his family are active members at Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene where he serves on the church board and enjoys singing in the choir.

This past October John was honored by his peers by being named as the recipient of the 2007 Mike McDonald Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award, the most prestigious honor to be given to fundraising professionals.

“The Northwest Chamber was basically founded by Southern Nazarene University (SNU) professors and administrators in 1939. John is the most recent of an illustrious list of SNU employees who have been so recognized by the chamber over the years. Fred Floyd, C. Harold Ripper, Roy Cantrell, Don Billings and Loren Gresham, amongst others, are all past winners of this very special recognition. SNU was the very first organization to be inducted into our Business Hall of Fame in 1998” said Key.

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