APTA COO Chuck Martin Retires After 17 Years

ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 22, 2008 — Charles L (Chuck) Martin, Jr, CAE, CIA, will retire on October 24, 2008, after a distinguished 17-year career as the Chief Operating Officer of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Martin joined APTA in January, 1991. During his tenure, he managed the finance, budget, membership, information technology, human resources, risk management and member benefit services, facilities, administrative services, publications, art, and public relations and marketing functions. For 15 years, Martin also oversaw the management of the Foundation for Physical Therapy and two other subsidiary corporations under APTA.

"Chuck has been an outstanding team player, role model and asset to the APTA and his leadership and good humor will be missed. He was always a source of sound advice and quick wit to the staff of the many departments he lead, as well as members of the board of directors, component leaders, and Foundation for Physical Therapy staff and trustees," said APTA Chief Executive Officer John D Barnes. "Chuck earned the respect and friendship of everyone he met along the way, whether on APTA staff, within the physical therapy profession, or among his association peers. He'll always remain a part of the APTA family."

Martin holds the record for leading the widest range of departments and operations. His accomplishments include the development of a Member Service Center years before other organizations; advancing the profession by building the Foundation for Physical Therapy, which provides numerous opportunities for those conducting research in the field of physical therapy; taking APTA's monthly scientific journal, PTJ, online with the HighWire Web platform and emphasizing clinically relevant articles; investing in technology, facilities, and equipment to enable staff to work more effectively; and providing the financial acumen to place the Association in a solid financial position.

A member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) since 1991, Martin currently serves as a facilitator of various ASAE online courses. A former member of the ASAE Finance & Business Operations council, Martin is a frequent workshop and roundtable presenter and has conducted 11 ASAE Peer Review visits. Martin also serves on the Board of Directors and the Investment Committee of the Military Officers Association of America.

He holds an MBA degree from Michigan State University; a BBA degree from Manhattan College; and is a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, New York. Martin served 27 years in the United States Air Force. He recently made his first skydive, jumping from an airplane at 13,500 feet with the Army's Golden Knights. His land-based retirement pursuits will include his favorite sport of golf and spending time with his wife Carol, two children and four grandchildren.

APTA (www.apta.org) is a national organization, representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research. Consumers can visit www.findapt.us to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as www.moveforwardpt.com for physical therapy news and information.

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