Joseph A. Martino ’86 is the seventh recipient of the “Skip” Prosser Achievement Award. This award, presented biennially, was established in 2007 to honor the memory of George E. “Skip” Prosser ’72, an athlete who demonstrated honesty, integrity, dedication, and the determination to serve others throughout his life.
Martino was a Marine Transportation major at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). As a Midshipman, he played intramural sports and was a member of the varsity football team for four years. “I still feel very connected to athletics,” he said. “I had great coaches, great team captains, and great teammates.”
He was also a member of Social Committee, Ring Committee, and Student Life Committee. As a First Classman, he served as Class President, leading initiatives to unify the Class of 1986.
Martino’s commitment to his classmates did not stop after he graduated from Kings Point. He served as a member of his Homecoming Reunion Committee, working closely with his classmates on event coordination and fundraising every five years. He understood the value of the Kings Point connection, which led him to grow his passion and dedicate his time and energy to the Kings Point community. “We have such a great network,” said Martino. “Other than my immediate family, one of the things I get the most satisfaction from is my extended Kings Point family.”
Martino served as Secretary and President of the Central New Jersey Alumni Chapter, bringing together and engaging alumni—both young and old—on a local level. He led meetings, organized social and networking events, and kept members informed of USMMA news.
Martino also supports USMMA recruiting efforts by interviewing potential candidates, representing the USMMA at Service Academy Information Days, and presenting certificates to appointed candidates at high school award ceremonies.
Because of his success with his alumni chapter, he was voted Chapters Director in 2012 to represent the dozens of USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation (AAF) chapters. In this role, Martino reenergized the Chapter Relations Committee to amplify the voices of the Chapter Presidents and address their concerns.
Following his tenure as Chapters Director, Martino was elected to the AAF Board of Directors, a position he continues to hold today. He serves on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair of Alumni Affairs/Chapters.
Martino is a member of the AAF’s highest giving society, known as the Flying Bridge. He is a strong supporter of the KPI Bridge Oil Blue and Gray Golf Classics, a 12-event tour that directly benefits athletics. Martino created a “Class Challenge” at the Las Vegas event, which awards the class with the highest attendance. Not surprisingly, the Class of 1986 continues to dominate the challenge every year. Most importantly, however, the Las Vegas Blue and Gray Golf Classic has become one of the most popular and well attended AAF events, providing significant financial support to athletics, thanks to Martino’s relentless energy.
He was awarded the AAF’s Distinguished Service Award in 2016 for his work toward improving life for the Midshipmen, engaging alumni, and advancing the mission of the USMMA. “Once I got to that point in my career where I should have the ability to balance what’s at work and what I want to do in my own time, I chose to put as much time as possible into furthering the Academy and making it a better place for the Midshipmen,” he said.
Today, Martino works at HMI Technical Solutions, an engineering and construction firm that provides comprehensive infrastructure solutions, as Director of Engineering Solutions. In addition to his Bachelor of Science, he holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.
He resides in Marlboro, New Jersey with his wife and classmate Margaret A. “Peggy” (Fischer) Martino ’86. Together, they have two children, 21-year-old Ryn and 19-year-old Anthony. When he is not working, he enjoys golfing, hiking, visiting the beach, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.
In the future, Martino hopes that the USMMA loses its reputation of being “the best kept secret.” Until then, he plans on continuing to sport his USMMA license plate and class ring as he spreads the word about Kings Point. “It’s that shared connection that started 30-plus years ago that still means a lot today and will continue well into the future,” he said.
This bio was written in 2018.