Name: Frank Martin
Company: Martin-Harris Construction
# of years in the industry: 55
1. How has NAIOP helped develop your business over the years?
First of all, the major help has come through the legislative efforts. I can remember working with Tim Snow on a wide variety of critical issues – me on the contractor side and Tim on the developer side – and we always found the middle ground. Then, through the forums as they were very helpful because it taught me to look at a project through the developer’s eyes, what ROI means and the difference in each developer’s goals and aspirations for the project success.
2. I am a member of NAIOP because…
I rely on NAIOP for updates and changes in industry standards, representation in local, state and national affairs and the ability and opportunity to work with a variety of folks from each of the related service areas.
3. How did you first get into the industry?
From the 6th grade, I always knew I wanted to be a carpenter and from a carpenter to a contractor was a short step. Frank Harris led me on the path from carpenter to contractor and then I realized that there had to be groups that would represent us in the industry – such as NAIOP and AGC.
4. What business advice would you give to someone just starting in the Commercial Real Estate or Development Industry?
I would encourage everyone to get involved at any and every level you can. Work it into your schedule – make the time for it. Las Vegas is still a town that relies on the reputation of the individual. Being a part of a company with a good reputation is great – but being known in the industry as a person that gives back sets you apart. It gives the youngsters a chance to work with the grey hair of the industry and community and to learn from them.
5. What are your favorite summer activities/hobbies to do in Las Vegas or around the valley outside of the office?
First of all, my ranch as riding horses and working cows are great activities for me. Then, of course my grand kids as I regret not spending more time with them in the past and now that we are entering a new era of our lives, my wife Bonnie and I are working on correcting that situation. I love getting involved in their activities – softball games, hockey games and track meets.