Bar News Highlight
In today’s world of lightning-fast job leaps and career changes, it is rare to encounter institutional knowledge. The days when businesses could regularly expect to hand out gold watches and pensions to loyal employees of 20 or 30 years are nearly gone, and have been on their way out for a while. That’s why it is especially remarkable that Greg Martin, deputy executive director of the CBA, is leaving us after 23 years of dedicated service. Greg had an interesting and varied career even before coming to the Bar. But he has been with us since the first dot-com bubble burst, through thick and thin, overseeing a period of huge changes to the practice of law and business in general. Greg’s departure truly marks the end of an era for the Bar—and the start of an exciting new period for Greg and the organization he has done so much to build.
Greg was born in Nebraska, where the agricultural industry was a way of life for his family and neighbors. Greg pursued the subject academically, earning an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska, an MA in Muscle Biology from Purdue, and finally a Ph.D. in Animal Genetics from U. Missouri.
In 1978, Greg and his wife moved to Denver, where Greg worked for the North American Limousin Beef Cattle Foundation. He was there for 11 years. He next went to the Morris Animal Foundation, then the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Afterward he took a brief break from association work, spending time as an opperations manager for a paint supply company.
Finally, in 1995, Executive Director Chuck Turner hired Greg to serve as assistant director of the CBA. He remained in that role for the rest of his career (the title was eventually changed to deputy director). Greg remembers Chuck asserting a philosophy that served him throughout his time at the CBA: “An interesting focus of my job was that Chuck Turner always told our members that this is their association—we’re there just to help the members.”