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Gary  Martin '57

Executive Vice Chairman, Martin Sprocket & Gear, Inc.

award: Spirit of Auburn Family Entrepreneur
company: Martin Sprocket & Gear, Inc.


Martin, who earned an industrial management degree from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has played a pivotal role in growing a successful, family-owned business over the course of the last 60 years. Founded in 1951 by his father, Joe Martin, Martin Sprocket & Gear started with one plant in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Over the years, Martin Sprocket & Gear has expanded through machining, powdered metal technology, casting, forging, fabrication, industrial hand tools, material handling products, and machine- and injection-molded plastic for power transmission components. The company’s presence now includes 27 plants in the United States, three in Canada, three in Mexico, and several in China. Martin, who began working in the family business in 1951, served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after graduating from Auburn. He opened the company’s second sales and manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif., in 1973.

He returned to the corporate office in Arlington, Texas, that year as Vice President of Sales. Throughout the years, he has served as Vice President, President, and Executive Vice President. Martin became President of Martin Sprocket & Gear in 1993 and served in that capacity until 2008.

Martin established and maintained a profit-sharing program, which enabled Martin Sprocket & Gear employees to share the fruits of their hard work.

Under his leadership, Martin Sprocket & Gear became active in the Power Transmission Distributors Association and the American Gear Manufacturers’ Association. Martin earned the PTDA’s Warren Pike Award in 1995 for his dedication to the industry. He also served as a member of the AGMA Board of Directors and is a member of the AGMA Foundation.

“Where Gary really shines, and where his servant leadership is perhaps most evident, is in his work in the community,” said Texas Rep. Joe Barton. “I doubt there’s anyone he’s ever told, `no’ when the cause was even remotely worth the effort it required of him. He defines the word `help.’”

Martin has served as President of the Board of the Joe Barton Family Foundation, helping raise more than $500,000 for Meals on Wheels of Johnson, and the Ellis Counties’ Kitchen Campaign, which includes building a regional kitchen and training facility to serve the elderly and individuals with disabilities. 



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