Pete Martinez BSEE ’75

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Pete Martinez

Chairman and CEO, Game Changer Tec LLC
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Pete Martinez serves as chairman and CEO of Game Changer Tec LLC, a high-innovation enterprise at the intersection of sports, health, technology and big data analytics. An international entrepreneur, he has led numerous high-impact initiatives in the areas of high technology, business consulting, healthcare and education.

During his 32-year tenure with IBM, Martinez, as vice president of global business services and the senior location executive for IBM South Florida, led a 1,700-person organization composed of consultants, hardware and software developers, industry specialists and sales leaders. He led  projects in the areas of advanced research, supercomputing and information-based medicine. In 2003, Martinez led the formation of IBM’s largest Business Transformation Multi-Client Center, which has opened a multibillion-dollar outsourcing business. Previously, he led the formation of business consulting and system-integration services in Latin America, a 2,000-person, 17-country, $1 billion business. He was also the founding executive of IBM’s e-business, Strategy Consulting and Consulting Profession Leader for the Americas. Martinez also led the creation of the IBM University Consortium “LA Grid” (Latin America Grid) and the advanced pandemic global research initiative Project Checkmate in partnership with The Scripps Research Institute. Among other career highlights, Martinez was part of the original  IBM personal-computer team and one of the founders of IBM’s Internet Division and eBusiness consulting.

Martinez is also research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is a visiting professor at Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. Additionally, he is chair of the University of Miami School of Engineering Advisory Board, chair of the Florida International University School of Computer Science Advisory Board, member of Florida Atlantic University’s Engineering Advisory Board, member of the Florida International University MBA Advisory Board, and is chairman emeritus of the Florida Research Consortium board of directors. Martinez is president of the Association of Cuban Engineers, past chairman and senior vice president of Palm Beach Medical Education Company (developer of the first investor-funded medical education program in the U.S.), past co-chairman of Cloud Industries Health, a visionary technology and services enterprise and is a past member of the board of directors of Net.Orange, a leading healthcare technology and services organization. He was senior vice president of the Quantum Group and was core to taking the company public through the initial public offering. Martinez is also a board member of the Youth Sports of the Americas. This organization is a leader in advanced and high-tech health, safety and performance programs for athletes. He is a board member of the Student ACES organization focusing on academic and athletic leadership development. Martinez is also a member of the board of advisors of the Caridad Center and is a trustee of the Palm Healthcare Foundation.

Martinez has more than 30 patents and technical publications in the areas of healthcare, computer architecture, robotics, optical disks and display technology. Martinez is a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences and has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC News, The Economist, Univision and CNN and has presented at the United Nations.

Martinez holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Miami, where he was named a Distinguished Alumnae (1998) and a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Iron Arrow honor societies. In 2002 he was awarded as Engineer of the Year by the Association of Cuban Engineers, and in 2004 was inducted into the Miami Dade College Hall of Fame. Florida International University bestowed the 2007 Cal Kovens Service Medallion Award on Martinez. June 22, 2007 was proclaimed “Pete Martinez Day” by the mayor of Boca Raton, Florida.

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