In March, ASA announced the retirement of Paul F. Martin, Senior Director, Program & Business Development of the ASA Education Foundation. 

In March, ASA announced the retirement ofPaul F. Martin, Senior Director, Program & Business Development of the ASA Education Foundation. Martin had been with the ASA Education Foundation for 12 years, serving as its Executive Director for most of his tenure. Prior to the ASA Education Foundation, Martin served as programs director for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, where he led the development of several food safety training programs, a manager certification program and a school-to-work curriculum.

It was this type of extensive experience in planning, developing and marketing training programs coupled with his considerable skills in strategic direction and business management that enabled the ASA Education Foundation to grow considerably under his direction.

“One of our most popular and valuable training tools, theEssentialsseries, was the brainchild of Paul’s. He not only conceptualized the brand but played a prominent role in the development of each of the existing four courses,” statedMichael Adelizzi, ASA’s executive vice president. “Paul has been an integral part of the success of our Foundation and the industry will benefit from his significant contributions and leadership for years to come. We wish him all the best.”

Martin will tackle the next phase in his life as he has done every step of the way - with dedication and perseverance. He will continue working on a project basis for the ASA Education Foundation, initially on a new course for theEssentialsbrand for counter sales. He will also continue to be available to the ASA membership to help them and other distribution professionals with their training needs on a consulting basis.

Paul Martin can be reached