Rob Bartels is president and CEO of Martin's Super Markets, Inc. The first store opened in 1947 on Portage Avenue in South Bend. Today, there are 21 stores in Indiana and Michigan with 3,400 employees.
He began as a bagger in 1981 and during his college years, he worked in the meat department, in produce, and as a member of the night crew. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing from Indiana University. Following graduation, he worked at Macy's in Newark, N.J.
Bartels returned to the area in 1989 and worked for six years in various management positions with Martin's. In 1997, he was promoted to director of corporate development. In 1998, he was director of marketing. He became executive vice president in 1999, president and chief operating officer in 2001, and in 2005, he was named CEO.
During this time, management has added services to many of the stores including pharmacies, pet supplies, deli-cafes, and gas stations.
Lecture Series Bartels has spoken at
2012 - "The Joy of Entrepreneurial Capitalism"
2011 - "The Joy of International Capitalism & Food Retailing"
2010 - "The Joy of Capitalism"
2009 - "The Greening of Retail Sales"
2008 - "Generational Planning: The Big Picture"
2007 - "Creating the Organization"