Chairman of the Southeast and Latin America JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Lead Independent Director
Melquiades R. (Mel) Martinez is presently serving as Chairman of Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean of JPMorgan Chase & Co.. He is the firm's senior executive in Florida and the region, representing the firm at the most senior levels to clients – from businesses to large corporations to non-profits and governments. He has been a business and civic leader and a role model in Florida for decades and has served the people well at both the local and national level.
Mr. Martinez is a former United States Senator from Florida having served from January 2005 to September 2009. His election made him the first Cuban-American to serve in the U.S. Senate. He served as mayor of Orange County, Florida from November 1998 to January 2001. Martínez served as the 12th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush from January 2001 to January 2004. He also served as Chairman of the Republican Party from November 2006 until October 19, 2007 and was the first Latino to serve as chairman of a major party.
His past work experience spans over 38 years; i.e. Partner, DLA Piper, LLC, 2009 – 2010; Of Counsel, Akerman Senterfitt, 2004; Partner, Martinez & Dalton, 1989 – 1998; Partner, Connor & Martinez, 1986 – 1989; Partner, Wooten, Honeywell, Kest & Martinez, 1976 – 1986; Billings, Frederick, Wooten & Honeywell, 1973 – 1976.
Community and Industry Leadership
Mr. Martinez current directorships are as follows: Habitat International, 2011; Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, 2011; Progress Energy, 2010 to present; Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing, Urban Land Institute, 2010 to present.
He served on the following Federal Commissions/Councils: Chairman, United States-Spain Council, 2006 to 2009; Co-Chairman, Presidential Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, 2003; Chairman, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2002; President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, 2002
He has been active in the following civic groups: Order of Malta, Hispanic Leadership Advisory Board, and the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness.
Education and Academic Honors
Mr. Martinez graduated from Florida State University in 1969 with a B.A. degree and in 1973 with a J.D. degree. He also received a number of honorary degrees as follows: Stetson University College of Law, Honorary Degree, 2003; Gettysburg College, Honorary Degree, 2001; Barry University, Honorary Degree, 2001; and Nova University, Honorary Degree, 2007.
He has received a number of prestigious awards including: Department of the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award, 2009; Order of Malta Tuitio Fidei award, 2006; Florida State University Grads Made Good Award, 2003; Florida State University College of Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2003; Florida State University Circle of Gold Award, 2010; John Carroll Society Medal, 2003; Legatus Ambassador of the Year, 2001; Orlando Chamber of Commerce John Young Award, 2001.