Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
Week 3: Casually Cool
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy a good movie and dinner with my wife and family. Since we’re not from the area, family time with our large extended family keeps us busy during several weekends throughout the year. In good weather, golf occupies some hours on the weekend. I was attracted to golf because of Tiger Woods! So I thought if he can do it, so can I. As I was 35 when I started, compared to Tiger starting at 3, I really couldn’t catch him. So, I enjoy the game for those 1 or 2 shots per hole that are really good. I forget about the other 2 or 3 (or 4) that are bad shots – life is too short! I also love yard work and I plan to continue using my self- propelled push mower for as long as I can. One day, it may be dragging me up the hill but I plan to keep that going as long as possible. I think that goes back to growing up on our Kentucky family farm. My dad and his siblings still own the farm, Martin Acres in Greenville, KY, which is approximately a 5 hour drive from Dayton. My cousins, sons and I usually go to the farm 3-4 times a year to mow and to ensure that our buildings, grounds, and equipment remain groomed and maintained.
Week 2: Workplace Image
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
I enjoy working with people to help them achieve their goals so their community is a better place. High Quality Infrastructure including roads, bridges, water systems, trails and sidewalks, are very important to the vitality of our communities. Show me a city that invests in its infrastructure, and I’ll show you a vibrant community that understands strategic long term planning and attracting the best and brightest professionals and businesses to their communities. It is a great experience to assist in delivering needed plans and infrastructure in communities who have invested thousands of dollars over many years. Well before the ribbon cutting ceremony, much behind the scenes work is conducted to advance projects to ensure successful completion.
Week 1: First Impressions
What made you decide to pursue your current career or vocation?
Regional Planning is not a career profession that was ingrained in me before college. When I first heard it, I didn’t know what Regional Planning was. Unlike today, back then most freshman students had no clue about their career path. School was much cheaper so we were able to explore potential majors based upon the grade received. We thought maybe “computer science”, management, business, communication were the popular majors back then. So, I majored in Production/Operations Management in the business college. After my Bachelor’s degree was secured, I made the smartest decision ever to stay in school to achieve a Master’s Degree due to meeting Mr. Ken Nelson, a recruiter in the graduate college at WKU. Ken had me at “I have fellowship funds for you” and secondarily he said “in Public Administration or City & Regional Planning”. The field extended my time on the “Yard” at WKU and combined the research, IT, and writing skills which were my strengths. Add to that the mission of public service and I was on my way. It has now been 28 years since I started this career.
Why should people vote for you as “the Most Inspirational Man in Dayton?”
Brian Martin ensures he is appropriately attired, brings a positive attitude and smile while enjoying his work with his staff and board of directors for the betterment of our communities and the Miami Valley Region.