Ed Martin joined Ackerman McQueen as President in 2001 and in June of 2004 he was promoted to Chairman. He is currently responsible for the management of each of the operating companies, which include offices located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas, Colorado Springs and Washington D.C.
Martin’s career began at The Oklahoman in 1970 as a Retail Account Executive. He later served as Retail Sales Manager and Assistant Display Advertising Manager before being named Assistant to the General Manager in 1975. During this period he spent time in all departments of the newspaper and completed the press and production training course at the SPPI School in Oklahoma City. He transferred to Colorado Springs in 1977 as General Manager of the Colorado Springs Sun and became its publisher in 1979. He was publisher of The Sun until it was sold in 1986. He returned to Oklahoma City as Director of Operations and was named General Manager January 1, 1987. On March 10, l987, he was elected Vice President of The Oklahoma Publishing Company. He was responsible for all departments of the newspaper including the newsroom. After 31 years, Martin left The Oklahoma Publishing Company in 2001.
While managing newspapers, Martin had many other responsibilities including the oversight of Oklahoma Graphics, a heat-set printing company which was sold in 1987, and various real estate purchases and sales over the thirty-one years that he worked for the Oklahoman. He served on the Board of the Broadmoor Hotel, a purchase he helped The Oklahoma Publishing Company acquire in 1988. He also served on the Board of Shaw Publishing Company of Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly owned by The Oklahoma Publishing Company.
Throughout his career Martin has devoted time to numerous civic and business organizations. He was a member of the Newspaper Association of America, and past President of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association; he also served as Chairman of the Board of the Southern Production Program, Inc. as well as Chairman of Mistletoe Express, a regional trucking company, for two years.
Martin is active in civic affairs. He is a lifetime Board Member and past Chairman of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce as well as past Board Member of The State Chamber and past Chairman of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable. He is on the Board for The State Fair of Oklahoma and has served as President for the Oklahoma City Economic Development Foundation and The Appeals Review Board. Martin has been on many educational boards including the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation where he served as Chairman of the Board. Other affiliations include; Research for Economic Development, The American Heart Association, The Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Committee of 100, and also Allied Arts, where he served as Campaign Chair in 2011.
He is the past President and Executive Board Member of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and has served as National Trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Martin served as Chairman of the Board of Enterprise Square USA for seven years; he also served on the Board of Trustees of the Omniplex Science Museum for two three-year terms.
Martin is past Chairman and current Board Member for INTEGRIS Heath, a 13 hospital health care system; he also serves on many of its committees. He has dedicated much of his time to the United Way of Metro Oklahoma City, an organization he has been involved in for over forty years – he served as Campaign Chair in 2005 and as Chairman of the Board from 2009-2010.
He has received many awards throughout his career, UCO Distinguished Business Graduate, UCO Distinguished Former Student, the Silver Beaver Award from Boy Scouts of America, God & Service Award from Boy Scouts of America, Champion of Youth from Boys and Girls Clubs of America (Oklahoma Chapter), UCO Athletic Hall of Fame and Man of the Year Honoree for the Arthritis Foundation, as well as many others.
Martin was born March 9, 1947, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Wilburton High School and a 1969 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He and his wife, Kathy, reside in Edmond Oklahoma, and have two children and four grandchildren. They are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond where Ed serves as an elder.