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Steve Martinez

Advisor Greater Chicago Area, US

Human-Centered Design & Innovation Strategy Expert. Currently Director, Emerging Opportunities - Global Innovation

Human-Centered Design & Innovation Strategy Expert. Currently Director, Emerging Opportunities - Global Innovation

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Positions

Director, Emerging Opportunities - Global Innovation Grainger June 2015 - present
Senior eCommerce Strategy & Product Line Manager Grainger April 2014 - present
eProduct Marketing Manager Grainger May 2012 - April 2014
Product Managment Specialist Infogix, Inc. January 2011 - May 2012
Wallboard Systems Product Marketing Manager USG December 2009 - January 2011
Architectural Systems Development Manager USG May 2008 - December 2009
Architectural Services Technical Support Manager USG July 2005 - May 2008
Architectural Services Technical Support Associate USG May 2000 - June 2005

Education

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management Marketing, Strategy, Organizations, Entrepreneurship 2007 - 2010
Illinois Institute of Technology Minor in Computer Aided Drafting

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Hardware
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • IoT
  • • Connected Products
  • • Mobile

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

SEO • Innovation • Web Development • Product management • Marketing Strategy • Strategy • Web 2.0

Key Accomplishments

Over 10 years experience managing physical and digital products.
Received $2.9 million funding for intrapreneurial venture.
Launched USGDesignStudio.com - a microsite targeted to architects, contractors, and interior designers.
Currently working on several IoT physical / digital - "digical" - products

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Looking for partnerships to create strategy and execute to create something valuable for the world. Let's make the world a better place!

As an Advisor

I am very pragmatic and love to use frameworks. I approach problems with a human-centered design philosophy. I am both strategic and competent in tactical.

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Robert Grupe
We worked together  •  Principal, Grupe Gypsum Consulting, LLC. Previously Director, Architectural and Technical Solutions, USG.
Steve was a direct report of mine a few years back. Together we launched breakthrough technology for our corporation. His vision, new busine ... ss acumen, and drive made the new technology a huge success.
Price Shoemaker
They're my friends  •  Strategy Manager, Emerging Opportunities, Grainger. Previously Marketing Analyst, Sales Group, Evraz Stratcor.
Steve has been a great mentor to me personally for a long time now. He acts as an advisor now in our current working relationship and would ... be a great addition to any team.
Diane Earll
We worked together  •  Director, Customer Satisfaction, USG and Senior Director, Product Managment, United States Gypsum Company.
Steve is truly one of the most creative thought leader that I have worked with in my career. I've always loved having him work on projects ... for me because I knew he would participate to a level that others wouldn't and his ideas and execution were always stop on. There is no doubt that he would be a very sucessful entrepreneur.
Christopher Abtahi
They're my school  •  Executive Vice President, Midwest Practice Lead, The Access Group. Previously Health Care Consultant, Kaufman Hall. Kellogg grad.
Steve is a forward looking leader who builds ideas through thoughtful reflection and energetic collaboration. Steve is an outstanding commun ... icator and an authentic team member. Steve is bound and determined to make a meaningful impact as an entrepreneur.

Price Shoemaker
Strategy Manager, Emerging Opportunities, Grainger. Previously Marketing Analyst, Sales Group, Evraz Stratcor.
Price is a rare talent who is able to navigate the entire "entrepreneurial stack". From concept development to web and mobile development t ... o business model configuration and financial modeling, Price is well versed and capable of creating great products.

Christopher Abtahi
They're my school  •  Executive Vice President, Midwest Practice Lead, The Access Group. Previously Health Care Consultant, Kaufman Hall. Kellogg grad.
Chris is a phenomenal talent. He is quick to connect the dots and really knows how to craft successful, winning strategies. His special bl ... end of high levels of intelligence and great humility / likability make him a sought after partner in the business community.