Each year, the Lake Norman Chamnber of Commerce, working in partnership with the United States Small Business Admistration, celebrates Small Business Week. This year the week is May 1 though the 7th. The Chamber has planned a week long celebration with actvities each day. On Wednesday May 3rd at 4 pm at the Lake Norman Visitors Center, operated by Visit Lake Norman at 19900 West Catawaba Avenue in Cornelius, the Chamber will recognize the Small Busines of the Year. Last year there were two co-winners of the recognition (tie) between Savory Moments and The Kilted Buffalo in Huntersville. My Aloha Paddle & Surf (Cornelius) and Rose & Associates Southeast, Inc.(Davidson) were recognized as runners up to the annual designation.
The Chamber is now receiving nominations for the 2017 Small Business of the Year.
A panel of judges representative of the Chamber’s leadership will select the recipient based on the following criteria:
• Staying power: A history as a Lake Norman established business. Must have been a business for no less than three years.
• Growth in number of employees: A benchmark to judge the impact of the business in the employment market.
• Outstanding community involvement: Civic involvement by owner or manager.
• Business environment: Innovative management practices which produce a successful business.
• Customer-friendly quotient: Business practices which encourage repeat customers and provide a conducive atmosphere for service or retail trade.
Lake Norman Chamber members with fifteen or fewer employees are eligible for the award. Chamber members may submit as many businesses as they choose, or a business may nominate itself.
Please email, fax, or mail your nomination to:
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 760
Cornelius, NC 28031
Nominations are due no later than Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
Session Topic: "Why People Buy - It’s significantly more important than What You Sell!"
Sales is a two-way conversation: a buying process and a selling process. Putting both in sync is key to your success. Too often the focus is given only to the sales side of the equation: from prospecting to closing. At this session, we'll address the buying side - the factors that go into each of the phases of the buying process.
On Tuesday, March 14th from 8:30-10 am the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will continue our partnership with SCORE (Small Business Counselors) to host the 2017 series of BusinessWorks. Held at the Lake Norman Chamber - Randy Marion Board Room, we will discuss information that helps you make smart, fact based marketing and sales decisions.
Our facilitator Bill Gill has spent more than 4 decades selling personally and leading sales teams. He has been a sales coach with Sales Performance International where he was first introduced to the Buying Cycle concept. He uses and applies the "Why People Buy" approach to help small business owners redirect their approach to selling from a customer's perspective. Bill was also a very active Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce member until he sold his insurance agency located in Huntersville.
The Sponsor of BusinessWorks is Zack Bonczek with TRANSCENZ Real Estate Group - Keller Williams Lake Norman.
Greg Porter, Digital Marketing Manager for Bank of America, and a member of our Lake Norman Young Professionals, will introduce our speaker.
We hope to see you at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce BusinessWorks! on Tuesday, March 14th 8:30-10:00 as we discuss your sales strategies.
About the Speaker:
Bill retired in 2012, after 40 years with Nationwide as the principal of W. H. Gill & Associates, Inc. with offices in Charlotte and Huntersville. Throughout a very successful career as a full service insurance agency, he focused on commercial clients andl devoted many hours to coaching new Nationwide agents and associates, both locally and nationally.
Since his retirement, he has remained active with SCORE, an organization focusing on mentoring new business owners. Recently serving as their VP of Client Services, Bill conducts workshops on the early stages of building sales plans and marketing strategies to insure success. Additionally, he has worked with seasoned business owners to redirect and re-energize their sales team in an ever-changing environment to maximize a company’s sales potential while looking toward increased profitability margins.
He is currently consulting within the insurance industry and working with First Choice Agents Alliance, an association of insurance agents. With a degree from Lehigh University in Marketing and Finance and the CLU designation from the American College, Bill sits on the board of a number of local civic organizations and is an active member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, serving as Moderator of the Deacons and is a Stephen Minster.
January is a month of new beginnings. Some of us may head into the New Year lamenting the fact we came up short in our goals for 2016. Others of us plunge into the gym and say to ourselves this is the year I am really committed to getting in shape. Perhaps as a business owners, we look at 2017 as the year we will turn the corner and have "Our best year ever!"
Regardless of whether we were successful in hitting benchmarks set in the past or we came up short in our personal or professional goals, now is the chance to have a clean slate ahead and recognize that often the only limitations we have... are those we impose upon ourselves.
In 2017, the Lake Norman Chamber will focus on the entrepreneur - those men and women who shirk the traditional boundaries and institutions with a vision of creating something unique and innovative. It is that very spirit of entrepreneurship that has shaped the Lake Norman business community allowing us national accolades in magazines and media outlets. Whether it is a recognition as the most desirable suburban community, a great place to do business, or simply one of North Carolina's Top Towns - it starts with a common vision and a commitment to fulfilling that goal.
As we work to create programs that foster entrepreneurship, we also acknowledge our 30th Anniversary as the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Our chamber was started in 1987 by business leaders with vision who saw our community, not just as it was, but the region that it could become.
I recently asked Lake Norman Chamber founder John Cherry, "Is the 1,000 member organization we have today, what you and the other business leaders envisioned three decades ago?" John replied, "We knew our real strength was working together. The Chamber has always been more than a networking group hosting seminars. It is an organization that promotes our story to other regional business and elected leaders to achieve our mutual objectives."
At the Chamber's upcoming Annual Gala on Friday, January 20th, we will recognize extraordinary individuals, businesses, and organizations who are shaping the very fabric of our regional community. That same day, we will also host Focus Friday with area nonprofits to discuss how we can work together to be the change necessary to tap the hidden talents of our citizens which elevate communities from good to great.
Howard Schultz, the chairman and CEO of Starbucks said, "I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It's seeing what other people don't see and pursuing that vision."
Schultz would tell you, a successful entrepreneur may not even be able to count their failures. They simply regard their challenges as a stepping stone in their eventual journey to success.
As we all embark on a new year filled with unbridled opportunities, we will certainly be faced with near misses and perhaps a setback along the way. The great news is we don't have to accept any short coming as a limit to our success.
2017 can be a year of renewed vision and commitment where there is simply no limit in what we can accomplish by working hard, working smart, and most importantly working together.
In the end, ... it's all up to us!
The below calendar is a Month at a Glance calendar prepared for the Board and Membership of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. It includes the events taking place for the Month of January (as of January 3, 2017). For more information contact Jack Stevens at 704-892-1922 or Stevens@lakenorman.org.
January 2017 Calendar
02 Chamber Office closed Happy New Year!
04 6-8:00 pm Ribbon cutting at Inspire Wellness & Physical Therapy, 16415 Northcross Drive, Suite A, Huntersville. Will begin with ribbon cutting at 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, healthy snacks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided. Learn about our 2017 New Year's wellness challenges, win prizes, and meet other community members. They will be accepting canned goods to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank
10 8:30 am Lake Norman Chamber BusinessWorks at the Chamber Topic: Start 2017 with a better understanding of how to project & manage cash flow in your business Featuring: Robert V. Burton served as President & COO of E*Trade Bank from 2007-2010 and Executive Vice-President at Wachovia Bank 1997-2006
10 11:30 am Ribbon Cutting, Communities at Kinnamon, Kinnamon Road in Huntersville, followed at 12:00 pm by a Buffet at Killington’s Pub at 10010 Rose Comm. Dr., Huntersville
10 6:30 pm Young Professionals Meeting Open to Chamber members or employees of chamber members 21-39 years of age. This month’s program includes the organization’s leadership team discussing upcoming activities and programs along with business to business networking. Location: The Peninsula Club. For more information visit: lakenormanyoungprofessionals.com
17 3:00 pm Brett’s Monthly BizNet Meeting for Website Enhancement at the Chamber. Brett Zabek will lead a discussion in how to maximize your presence on the chamber’s website and to enrich your involvement with other members.
20 8:30 am Focus Friday at the Chamber. This month we focus on Lake Norman regional nonprofits serving our region.
20 6:30 pm Annual Awards Banquet at The Peninsula Club 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. Featuring Keynote Speaker: Lake Norman Entrepreneur Jon Boggiano, Co-Founder of VersaMe and Everblue
23 5:30 pm Chamber Board of Directors Meeting @ Chamber *Note there will be an Executive Committee Meeting at 4 pm for Executive Committee Members.
24 8:00 am Business BeforeHours at EmbroidMe - Lake Norman, 19722 One Norman Blvd., Cornelius. Start your day off networking with the Best in Business!
24 5:00 pm New Member Orientation at the Lake Norman Visitors Center. Join fellow new members as we network and find out more about your business and how your investment in the chamber can pay off big for your business!
29 (Sunday) Noon Williams Place will hold their Grand Opening at 825 Peninsula Drive, Davidson, at noon on Sunday, January 29th .
31 9:00 am eCommerce Group at the Chamber
Start 2017 with a better understanding of how to project & manage cash flow in your business
Most of your financial attention is normally focused on what happened to the cash that came in and how much you earn. You need a tool to help you (not your accountant) look forward and predict your earnings, cash flow and balance sheet.
On Tuesday, January 10th from 8:30-10 am the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will partner with SCORE (Small Business Counselors) to host the 2017 series of BusinessWorks. Held at the Lake Norman Chamber - Randy Marion Board Room, we will discuss information that helps you make smart, fact based financial decisions.
We'll show you how to use a simple tool to:
• Understand the basics of earnings and cash flow
• Use your own information to predict your future cash flows and income
• Do "What if" planning and get immediate answers
• Look at multiple scenarios such as "worst case", "realistic" and "best case"
Come join us and get access to a tool that could greatly help you in your future decision making.
BusinessWorks is a program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce specifically targeted for small business owners and managers to improve financial, marketing, management, and sales skills. In 2017, the Chamber is partnering with our SCORE Counselors in the Lake Norman - Charlotte Market.
This month we welcome Robert V. Burton who served as President & COO of E*Trade Bank from 2007-2010. From 1997-2006, Bob was an Executive Vice-President at Wachovia Bank where he was responsible for the company’s Consumer lending business lines. Mr. Burton also served in a number of financial and operational roles, including CFO of Consumer Banking at First Union Bank, CFO/CAO of the Sears/PNC Mortgage & Banking Group, and CFO of Commercial Banking at Bank of America. He also spent time in London as CFO of the Derivatives & Foreign Exchange business lines of Security Pacific Bank. Mr. Burton holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
This seminar is open to any Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce member at no charge. Guests who are not members must RSVP at 704-892-1922 if there is availability.
Each week the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce spotlights a member business and often a nonprofit as well. This week, however we want to Congratulate Pet Paradise Lake Norman that was recently recognized as the “Resort of the Year” out of twenty-seven other Pet Properties across the country! The annual award is presented to the report property that has the highest customer service sales satisfaction, return visits, growth and several other criteria.
Dustan Sweely, Resort Manager for Pet Paradise Resort Lake Norman (Pictured), said, “We would like to thank our wonderful clients - the community and our dedicated employees for making this recognition possible. “
Pet Paradise Lake Norman which embraces over 22,000 square feet of play areas, both indoor and outdoor states: "Our furry guests will discover a beautiful bone-shaped swimming pool where they can make a splash or relax poolside. This resort is located in the building formerly known as Meadows Bed and Biscuit. Let us create new experiences and memories for your pet."
• Spacious, Climate-Controlled Indoor Suites
• Synthetic Grass Play Area
• Auto-fill Water Bowls With Fresh Water System
• Bone-shaped Swimming Pool
• Shaded Play Yard
• Peaceful, Private Cat Condos
Each week, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce highlights a Chamber Business Member and a Nonprofit that is making a Splash in the Lake Norman region. For the week of December 5-10, 2016 we have selected Tenders Fresh Food and Lydia’s Loft.
Business Member Spotlight: Tenders Fresh Food
Tenders Fresh Food, located at 18341 Statesville Rd (intersection of Statesville Rd and Westmoreland) in Cornelius, is once again hosting their annual coat and toy drives for the holiday season to help our local families stay warm and celebrate this wonderful season of holiday giving. For every coat or toy you donate, you will receive a free three piece tender, sandwich or salad card.
If it's toys your wish to donate, they can be placed in the large TOYS FOR TOTS box also located next to the cash registers. Every year, Tenders partners with the local Marine Corps and they distribute the toys in our community as needed. Toys will be collected from now until December 21st. All donated toys must be new and unwrapped... please.
We also encourage you to visit Tenders and drop a gently used or new coat or jacket in the gold Christmas box located in the ordering/cashier area of the restaurant. All coats will be donated to Lydia's Loft located in Huntersville.
Tenders Fresh Food is known for their delicious, fresh, all natural, no preservative tenders as well as chicken and turkey sandwiches and salads. Their menu is simple and everything is made in house daily. Their sauces are one of guest's favorites as they have a variety of homemade recipes for favorites such as Honey Mustard, Sweet Sriracha, Creamy Garlic, Chipoltle BBQ and more!
Tenders is deeply involved in the community as they continually donate foods and services to local schools for fundraisers, sponsoring sports teams and clubs, and most always has some sort of fundraising effort going on in store to raise money for charities benefitting veterans, autism awareness, adolescent cancer research, etc.. If you're looking for great fresh food and fast service, Tenders is the place to be! Tenders Fresh foods is also the official Food Sponsor of Junior Leadership Lake Norman – a program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce for High School Juniors.
Santa will be at Tenders greeting kids December 19th and 20th during lunch hours so be sure to stop by and visit!
Nonprofit Spotlight – Lydia’s Loft
Lydia's Loft is a community service organization providing clothing and small household items free of charge to those in need. Through the hospitality of the First Baptist Church of Huntersville and under the guidance of the Ada Jenkins Center, Lydia's Loft operates out of a brick home on Old Statesville Road on the First Baptist Church campus. Coats will be collected from now until January 31.
Lyda’s Lofts Mission is quite simple - to provide clothing to those in need. Lydia's Loft is the “perfect recycling center.” They have many people in the Lake Norman area that wish to donate their unneeded clothing items. There are also many members of the community that cannot afford to purchase what is needed for themselves and their families. Here, volunteers are putting the two together. In this way many benefit. Community volunteers gain so much in return for the time spent at The Loft and their clients are thrilled to have a warm jacket or a new pair of shoes while donors know that their donated items will go to good use!
For more information, to volunteer, or donate: call Lydia's Loft at 704-948-7797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the last decade, we’ve watched Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad absolutely transform the way we do things on a daily basis, making it a cultural phenomenon. iPhone is now the industry gold standard in its class. As of this year, Apple has now sold over 1 billion iPhones. That’s right: billion, with a “b”. It’s safe to say that what truly makes the iPhone and other iOS devices great is the seamless integration between its hardware and software components. This year, Apple released the most technologically intuitive and robust operating system for iPhone and iPad: iOS 10. During this talk, we’ll look at 18 new features that will completely change the way you use your iOS device
As Election Day is November 8th, this month, the Chamber will host its monthly BusinessWorks one week later – Tuesday, November 15th 8:30-10 am at the Lake Norman Chamber Randy Marion Board Room. Our presenter is Andy Piatt.
Experimac of Huntersville Owner, Andy Piatt, comes from a strong business background. He has 15 years of experience in logistics working in a variety of positions from Management to Sales. He has taken his keen business sense in a new direction by franchising Experimac, the place for pre-owned Apple products, that specializes in sales and repairs for iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, etc. With the help of corporate training and a knowledgeable staff, he and his wife Lisa have been open for business since this past July.
Join us Tuesday, November 15th as we discuss the following key takeaways attendees can expect:
-Better hardware has enriched the iOS 10 user experience
-By opening up access of Siri to app developers, Siri has become smarter and more intuitive than ever before in iOS 10
-The reimagined Home and Lock screens have completely changed the way users will interact with iOS 10 on a daily basis
-Native iOS 10 apps are now more “personal, powerful, and playful” than ever before
BusinessWorks is a monthly personal skills program of the chamber which focuses on marketing, management, and sales skills. It is intended for Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Members. Guests or non-members must contact the chamber to discuss attending 704-892-1922.
Area Fire Fighters from Huntersville, Davidson, and Cornelius were recognized by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon held at NorthStone Country Club last Thursday (Oct 20, 2017). In addition to the Fire Fighter, the Chamber cited the outstanding Volunteer from the North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad and the North Mecklenburg Crime Stopper of the Year. Three outstanding Fire Fighters were selected by their respective department chiefs with Mayors Aneralla, Travis, and Woods on hand along with Chamber Board Chair Callan H. Bryan.
Fire Fighter Henry Cook – Huntersville Fire Department
Fire Fighter Henry Cook has been in the fire service for over 40 years and has been truly dedicated to the Huntersville Fire Department and the citizens it serves throughout this time. He is an outstanding pump operator on the fire ground and is heavily depended upon by firefighters to insure adequate water and nozzle pressure inside the burning structure.
The firefighters always have a great degree of comfort when is he at the pump panel. Around the station he is that guy you will always find cleaning, checking off trucks and making small repairs to apparatus and the station.
In addition, he has also been instrumental in the administrative duties as treasurer of a demanding growing fire service that is forced to deal with unfortunate recent budget cuts. He is meticulous in reading the fine print in contracts, every detail in apparatus specifications and always calculating the best way to maximize every dollar.
As a firefighter you may know him as a man who always raises the thermostat in the summer and lowers the thermostat in the winter to save every penny possible.
Pictured with Huntersville Fire Chief Larry Irvin, Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla, and Chamber Board Chair Callan Bryan.
Captain Billy Todd – Davidson Fire Department
Captain Billy Todd was among the first part-time firefighters to be hired by the Davidson Fire Department in 2007. Just one year later, he became one of four part-time firefighters to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Since that time, he has played an integral role in our day to day operations.
In addition to overseeing our hydrant maintenance program, Captain Todd has always been one of our most enthusiastic officers when it comes to training young firefighters. However, many of our firefighters would argue that Captain Todd’s most important role is getting them paid! For eight years, he has performed the monumental task of managing the payroll for nearly 60 part-time employees.
These roles are among the most important to the daily operations of the Davidson Fire Department. Yet over the years, Captain Todd’s efforts have often gone unrecognized. His willingness to take on additional duties, his attention to detail, and his unwavering dedication to the Davidson Fire Department and its mission have all contributed to the success of the organization. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to present Captain Billy Todd as the recipient of this year’s Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Firefighter of the Year Award.
Pictured with Davidson Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald, Davidson Mayor John Woods, and Board Chair Callan Bryan.
Fire Fighter Ricky Overcash - Cornelius Lemley Fire Department
As Chief of Cornelius-Lemley Fire and Rescue (CLFR), Chief Smith writes, I would like to recognize Firefighter Ricky Overcash for his outstanding service to our community. He started as a volunteer firefighter with CLFR in 1992, tirelessly serving our community for the last 24 years. Ricky also works for the Town of Cornelius as Head of Public Works. He has dedicated the majority of his life making sure the residents of the Town of Cornelius are proud of their town and safe while living here.
This past year, Ricky was placed in charge of the construction of the “Never Forget, 9/11 Memorial” which was dedicated on September 11, 2016 in front of Cornelius Fire Station 1. He led fund raisers, assisted choosing the sculptor, met with engineers and surveyors, prepared the site for the monument, and spearheaded all construction. Without his determined efforts, the “Never Forget, 9/11 Memorial” would not have been completed on time. We are proud of our new monument, but I am very proud Ricky Overcash’s dedication to the completion of this project.
Pictured with Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, Deputy Chief Barbee, and 2016 Chamber Board Chair Callan H. Bryan.
Fire Fighter Peter Blaich - Cornelius Lemley Fire Department
The Chief points out the 9-11 Monument would be possible without the efforts of a second officer!
He adds, “I would also like to recognize Firefighter Peter Blaich for his outstanding service to our community. He started as a volunteer firefighter 2 years ago with CLFR after relocating from New York. Peter had retired from FDNY after 25 years of service. He quickly fit in and brought a wealth of fire and rescue knowledge to our department.
Peter has helped with two large projects this year. First, I would like to acknowledge his work to implement a Personal Safety Harness for all firefighters. This equipment is designed to give firefighters options if they ever get trapped in a fire. It is also known as a bail-out system, giving each firefighter the quick option to repel out of a house or building. He relayed his knowledge acquired from FDNY and has made our department safer.
The second reason for acknowledgement is his work with the 9/11 Memorial. He was always an active member of the committee and helped make decisions throughout the year. However, near the end of the project, he took over and lead the committee in the right direction for the ceremonial unveiling of the monument. He guided the whole committee, arranged the layout, and scheduled the events for the ceremony and dedication of the “Never Forget, 9/11 Memorial.” For his efforts, we are extremely glad he is an active member of our department.”
Pictured with Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, Deputy Chief Barbee, and 2016 Chamber Board Chair Callan H. Bryan.
Officer Michael Tessari - North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad, Inc.
Our North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad plays a critical role in emergency services. Chief John Stroup writes
“Michael has been a member of North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad since 2013, in this time he has spent countless hours training receiving his Technical Rescuer Certification while attending college, he graduated Cum Laude in Emergency Management from Western Carolina University in spring of 2016.
He is currently one of our Assistant Chiefs and handles all of the staff scheduling and special event coverage. Mike runs a countless number of calls and is always there when needed.”
Pictured with 2016 Board Chair Callan Bryan and Chamber President Bill Russell.
Crime Stopper of the Year: Peter Johnson - Superior Pools and Spas.
On Tuesday evening, January 5, 2016, two suspects broke into and stole two company trucks, each with a trailer and an excavator – a total value exceeding $170,000. At 6:15 the next morning, Mr. Sklar, Operations Manager of Superior Pools and Spas, provided highly detailed descriptions of the equipment and yard surveillance footage to the Cornelius Officers and Detectives.
On Thursday morning, Superior Pools received information that one of the stolen trucks was in Cleveland, Ohio. Following up, the Cleveland Police were able to recover the truck and equipment, which Superior employees returned to Cornelius where they discovered a toll booth receipt from the WV Turnpike. Armed with toll booth photos, further follow-up discovered truck #2 in a Beckley, WV tow yard, where it had run out of gas. With the help of an Anonymous Crime Stopper Witness in Ohio, the suspects have been arrested and charged with 6 Felony Larceny counts.
Pictured with North Mecklenburg Crime Stopper Chair Tommy Davis.
Former North Carolina Governor James G. Martin will be the keynote speaker at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Annual Elected Officials Recognition Luncheon to be held Thursday, November 17th at Northstone Country Club in Huntersville. The 70th Governor of North Carolina, Martin was a two-term Republican from Davidson who served from 1985-1993. Governor Martin will be speaking on the role of a Public Servant.
The Lake Norman Chamber annually recognizes the local, county, state, and federal officials who serve the citizens and businesses from the Towns of Huntersville, Davidson, and Cornelius. The event will take place 11:45 am until 1:15 pm. The cost for admission is $20 for Lake Norman Chamber members and $30 for non-members. Elected officials and key town staff are complimentary. Members can register online at LakeNormanChamber.org. Non-members are encouraged to call the chamber at 704-892-1922. Attendees must register by Tuesday, November 15th.
The Elected Officials Recognition Luncheon is presented by EnergyUnited and sponsored by Novant Health – Huntersville Medical Center, Business Today, and WSIC 100.7 FM.
Jim Martin was born in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. He was subsequently raised in South Carolina, and now calls Charlotte home.
He graduated from Davidson College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After receiving his doctorate in chemistry from Princeton University in 1960, Martin served as an associate professor of chemistry at his alma mater Davidson College until 1972
Martin was active in the Republican Party even when it barely existed in North Carolina. Indeed, only a few living North Carolina Republicans have been members of the party longer than Martin. As a professor at Davidson, he advised the school's tiny Young Republicans chapter. In 1966, he was elected to the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. He served for seven years, chairing the body from 1967 to 1968 and briefly in 1971. He was a president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.
He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1972 representing the Charlotte-based 9th Congressional district. He served there for six terms. He served as a Ways and Means Committee member, and as a House Republican Research Committee chairman. He became the first elected official to receive the Charles Lathrop Parsons Award, given by the American Chemical Society for outstanding public service by an American chemist, in 1983.
In 1984, with incumbent governor Jim Hunt leaving office due to the term limit, Martin ran for the Republican nomination and won. He defeated state attorney general Rufus Edmisten by a surprisingly wide nine-point margin.
Martin was easily reelected in 1988, defeating Lieutenant Governor Bob Jordan by 13 points. In so doing, he became the only member of his party to have been elected to two terms as governor of North Carolina.
In 1993 he retired from political life and became chairman of the board of the James Cannon Research Center of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.