OUR DEDICATED TEAM
John C. Martin, PhD
John Martin, President, founded Martin Associates in 1986. Over the past 40 years, Dr. Martin has conducted more than 1,000 port economic, planning and marketing studies for seaports, terminal operators and ocean carriers in the United States, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and South America. He has been involved in assessing the economic costs of terminal congestion at container terminals, the impact of restrictive trade policies on the marine transportation system, and the integration of ports into the logistics strategies of major importers and exporters. He also provides ongoing economic and planning consulting services to terminal operators, ocean carriers, and government agencies, as well as to the major airports in the United States.
Dr. Martin has developed several strategic plans for a large number of key U.S. and international ports, which include the development of distribution center strategies and logistics centers, as well as the economic assessment of alternative uses of waterfront land, particularly the impact of non-maritime development that encroaches upon the maritime cargo uses of the land. He has conducted numerous studies regarding the growing size of vessels, potential impact of the expanded Panama Canal, and the increased use of the Suez Canal on port infrastructure needs in the U.S., as well as on the development of transshipment hubs in the Caribbean and Central America. He has recently evaluated terminal development in Trinidad, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, as well as terminal development in Ireland.
Dr. Martin also assists numerous port authorities, national and international terminal operators, ocean carriers and private investment groups in developing long term public private partnerships to develop marine terminal infrastructure, and assess the enterprise value of marine terminal infrastructure. He is a featured speaker at numerous American Association of Port Authority Conferences and is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences in London, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul and France. These international conferences focus on the presentation of Dr. Martinâ€™s work regarding the development of public private partnerships for marine terminal development.
Jeffrey Sweeney, M.S.
Jeffrey Sweeney is an associate with Martin Associates and has provided consulting services to seaport and airport clients since joining Martin Associates in 1994. Mr. Sweeney graduated from Millersville University and holds an MSc in logistics from the Pennsylvania State University and is a specialist in strategic port planning, logistics modelling and economic impact analysis of seaports and airports. In his 22 years at Martin Associates, he has managed and participated in over 100 market planning, logistics and economic impact studies for numerous ports throughout all regions in the United States, with a focus on those located in the Southeast, Gulf and Great Lakes.
Jeffrey has led several logistics cost analyses in which he developed landed cost models that were used in distribution site selection. Specifically, these models have been used by such clients as the Florida Department of Transportation to determine competitive hinterland reach, as well as types of accounts to target to increase throughput. He has also recently conducted numerous financial proforma terminal valuation studies to identify the value of port terminals or property under consideration for potential concession arrangements as well as to assess justification of bond monies for capital projects such as dredging and terminal construction. He has been spoken at numerous regional and national port, freight and shipping conferences hosted by such agencies as the American Association of Port Authorities, Journal of Commerce and National Federation of Municipal Analysts.
Michelle Wingenroth joined Martin Associates in 1993 after graduating with a BS degree in Finance from Millersville University. She is a specialist in economic impact analysis and the development of strategic marketing plans and financial analyses for seaports as well as economic impact analysis of airports. She has been the project manager on numerous studies of key U.S. seaports and airports. For the economic impact analyses, she has directed data collection of key maritime tenants, steamship lines and agents, terminal operators, cruise lines, ferry operators, shipyards, fishing companies; and key aviation tenants, airlines, FBOs, concessionaires. Ms. Wingenroth has also conducted several airline and cruise passenger surveys as part of the economic impact analyses.
In reference to financial analyses expertise, Ms. Wingenroth has generated detailed financial analyses of port terminals and has developed detailed financial models for each of the leases at a port. These analyses are typically used to assess the future financial needs of a port and the development of an enterprise value for each terminal as well as the Port in its entirety.
Michael Sarbaugh began working with Martin Associates full time in May 2003. Prior to 2003, he was an intern at Martin Associates while earning a B.A. in Economics and Management at Gettysburg College. During his time at Martin Associates, Michael has been the lead project manager on numerous economic impact studies, cost benefit dredging studies, competitive market analysis, and financial feasibility studies. While working on projects throughout the U.S. and Europe, he has focused on U.S. West Coast ports in recent years. Michal has also worked on several maintenance dredging and cost benefit studies for Martin Associates.
Elizabeth Martin Payne, MBA
Elizabeth Martin Payne began working with Martin Associates as an intern in 2005 while earning her B.A. from the University of Denver and joined the company full time in 2010 after receiving her MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. She works as a research associate and assists in data collection and modeling for logistics cost analyses, economic impact studies, and strategic marketing plans for seaports and airports. Elizabeth has led several economic impact analyses, as well as logistics studies. She has been involved in several transshipment analyses throughout the Caribbean and South America and has been focusing on the increasing trend of near-shoring shifting trade patterns in the manufacturing industry. In addition, Elizabeth directed a graphic outreach program for the Port of Baltimore, which was used to increase the public’s understanding of the economic impact that the Port has on the local region. Elizabeth received her Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from Villanova University in 2014.
Ryan Keys has been with Martin Associates since 2010. He has assisted with data collection and modeling on numerous economic impact studies for seaports and airports throughout North America. He has also been involved with several financial analyses and lease and terminal valuations. In addition, he has conducted research as part of various market studies involving cargoes in support of industries such as natural gas drilling, wood pellet manufacturing, forest product and agriculture exports, among others. Ryan graduated from Bucknell University in 2010 and has drawn on his experience with statistics and mathematics to build demand models for a passenger ferry service. Using his fluency in French, he has taken lead roles in several of Martin Associates’ studies for Canadian clients.
Marnie Bergman joined Martin Associates in 2011. Marnie has assisted withÂ data collection for economic impact and investment studies, provided cargo- specific market research, and performed passenger surveys for a variety of seaports and airports nationwide. Marnie brings Martin Associates 10 years of experience in a global logistics capacity working for Becton, Dickinson and Co., Scholastic Corp., UPM-Kymmene Corp., and Saks Inc.Â In these corporate roles, she was responsible for identifying and implementing cost savings initiatives and supply chain synergies relevant to transportation. This included network optimization and benchmarking studies as well as C-TPAT participation.
Ms. Bergman earned a B.S. in Business Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University and has achieved Six Sigma Green Belt certification. She also previously served as a board member for the New York City and Baltimore Roundtables of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Rebecca Polito, Office Administrator, joined Martin Associates in 2004 and holds a BA in English from McDaniel College.