Lessons from a Decade of Tragedy: "Be conservative in the good times, courageous in the bad times, and consistent all the time."
Jesse Martin's values come his roots in family owned and operated business, agriculture, and public service. He grew up working side-by-side with his grandfather learning what it takes to be a small business owner and honing his skills in marketing, point of sales, customer service and what it means to be a genuine leader for those who are counting on you. He watched and learned from his father who served the public as a police officer, his mother who served the community as a firefighter, and his grandmothers - one a nurse and the other a 911 dispatcher who each dedicated their lives to serving those in need. Jesse was involved in the National FFA Organization winning awards for public speaking, parliamentary procedure, marketing, and eventually earning the organizations highest honor, The American Degree. He continued his education and developed his passion for leadership while attending Virginia Tech where he was a member of the Residential Leadership Community. During his studied Jesse became obsessed with one question: “Are leaders born or made?” and his hunger to answer this question earned him the distinction of Outstanding Recent Alumnus in 2012.
His unique upbringings, life experiences, and intuition have instilled in Jesse the importance of three life skills that apply to personal life and business alike: Communication, Leadership, and Innovation. For over a decade, Jesse’s passion for communication and helping others has taken him across the globe from disaster zones to world wonders, but he started out his professional life much closer to home. Working as an Emergency Communications Officer and in the back of an ambulance as a Paramedic, Jesse began to apply his leadership skills to save lives and manage high stress and highly dynamic situations. Has his career progressed, he began to realize that mission critical failures seemed to follow a distinct pattern – a lack of open, honest, and timely communication.
While his career has offered him a front row seat for tragedy, triumph, destruction, bravery, and a unique view of the world; his knack for business communications and his interest in personal development lead Jesse to a specialization in Business Strategy through the University of Virginia, and instructor certifications for Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ training program. He continues to take classes and develop programs aimed at promoting communication outside and inside of businesses of all shapes and sizes and focuses on the specific needs of organizations rather than trying to apply an “one size fits all” training program or keynote. Bringing his talent to get people talking, Jesse presents across the country bringing his innovative mindset and hilarious stories to crowds of all sizes. From his experiences in emergency services to his work leading a nationwide team of healthcare providers, Jesse is as unique as he is talented and will leave your team geared up for action and success.
- Outstanding Recent Alumnus, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Science
- Outstanding Contributions to Operations, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office
- Letter of Commendation, Western Virginia EMS Council
- Outstanding Dedication, Weyers Cave Fire and Rescue
- American Degree Recipient, National FFA Organization
- Honorary Chapter Degree, Turner Ashby FFA Chapter
- ALS Provider of the Year, Bridgewater Vol. Rescue Squad