Baylor Scott and White Health Chairman Jack Martin To Be Inducted Into Texas Business Hall of Fame

The successful entrepreneur, businessman, and rancher is set to be honored by the Texas Business Hall of Fame for his contributions to the healthcare industry and his philanthropic and civic engagement. The founder of corporate advisory firm Public Strategies, Martin also served as the global chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

Baylor Scott and White Health Chairman Jack Martin is among seven inductees to the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

The inductees were announced by the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation and they will be honored Nov. 2 at the 2023 annual Induction Dinner, presented by Texas Capital Bank in San Antonio.

“TBHF looks forward to celebrating these visionary business leaders who were nominated for this honor as a result of significant contributions they have made both in business, and in their local communities through their philanthropic and civic engagement,”TBHF Chair John Keeton said in a statement.

“Trailblazers in their respective industries, these Inductees have used their success to give back and lead by example. I cannot think of a group of individuals to better model our core values of enterprise, community, and excellence.”

Martin is an entrepreneur, businessman, and rancher, but perhaps is best known for his behind-the-scenes advice to C-suite executives, navigating them through strategies involving their most complex challenges, according to his biography.

Currently, Martin is chairman of the board of Baylor Scott and White Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States with 48 hospitals and more than 40,000 employees.

Early in his career, Martin was an executive assistant to the late U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas and he remained one of the senator’s most-trusted advisers and friends throughout his career.

Martin founded Public Strategies in 1988 and it grew into one of the most successful corporate advisory firms in the world. Under Martin’s leadership, Public Strategies helped shape the business climate in Texas and beyond.

In 2006, WPP Group acquired Public Strategies and merged it with Hill & Knowlton, a 90-year-old global communications company. Martin was appointed global chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies where he took his business advisory services global by leading the multinational firm with over 80 offices in 44 countries.

After stepping down from Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Martin formed JPM Advisory, LLC as part of a family investment platform active in ranching, oil and gas, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Both Jack and Patsy Martin come from fourth-generation Texas families involved in agriculture. They own the JPM Ranch Co. which includes the Mallard Creek Ranch in Montague and the historic Open C Ranch in Forestburg.

The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation honors the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding business leaders in Texas by celebrating and telling their stories.

Joining Martin as inductees are:

  • Arch “Beaver” Aplin III, founder, Buc-ee’s (Lake Jackson)
  • Eddie Block & Alan Dreeben, partners, Republic National Distributing Co. (San Antonio)
  • Christopher “Kit” Goldsbury Jr., chairman, Silver Ventures and former chairman, Pace Foods (San Antonio)
  • Janet Gurwitch, founder & former CEO, Laura Mercier Cosmetics, board of directors, Olaplex Inc., and operating partner, Advent International (Houston)
  • Daniel Lubetzky, founder, KIND Snacks, Camino Partners, and Starts With Us (Austin)

In addition to recognizing extraordinary business leaders, TBHF awards 40 awards of $15,000 to scholars and veterans who have demonstrated an early inclination for entrepreneurship and innovation, through its Future Legends Scholar & Veteran Award Program.

“What sets this honor apart is the selection process. While Inductees can be nominated by anyone from the general public, they are selected by their peers and determined by a majority vote by Hall of Fame members. The selection process, combined with the organization’s emphasis on both economic and social impact, makes this one of the most prestigious business honors in the state,” TBHF Executive Director Meredith Walker said in a statement.

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