When you speak with David Martin, you cannot help but recognize his sense of history, place and responsibility. He is the fourth generation of Martins to work at one of the country’s largest flooring retailers. Having grown up in the family business he has a unique perspective to identify new opportunities which are a natural extension of the already well diversified company.
Martin recounts H.J. Martin & Son’s humble beginnings during the height of the Great Depression in 1931. Despite the obviously difficult times, his great grandfather and the company’s namesake, Henry John, began selling tile and paint for close to 30 years from his garage and at county fairs. In 1959, H.J. and his son, Patrick Henry, took the home-based business to the next level and opened its first retail showroom on S. Military Ave., in Green Bay, Wis.