Chris Martens

Director, Martens Automobile Dealership Group

Chris Martens is a third-generation family member working at Martens Auto Group as a director and vice president. The business was started in 1904 by L.P. Steuart, his grandfather, along with more than 15 other businesses, and was the original Ford dealership in Washington, D.C.

He has been involved in the family automobile business since age 14, starting by picking parts and moving through all the departments. In 1975 he was appointed to oversee the operation of a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership, and worked at various positions in the six franchise locations up to general manager and dealer.

He has agreed to disagree with the chairman and other family members four times, forcing him to update his resume and  become gainfully employed in non-family businesses. Currently Chris is a director and assists his brothers and sisters in the management of the Martens Automobile dealerships.

Chris is a 1973 graduate of Bucknell University, and a founding board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Washington, DC , and a student of family business and organizational management. He is an adjunct professor at National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Candidate Academy. Chris serves on the family board with his mom, two sisters and two brothers.