“It is not the critic who counts; not who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where he could have done better. The credit belongs to those who strive coming up short again and again because there is no effort without error"
c/o Billy Miles (Salem)
"It is no use saying, we're doing our best. You have to do what is necessary"
James Martin, 2020 Salem City Council
"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected."
"We're not lost, we're just going a different way"
Gussie Wheeling (Salem)
Councilman James Martinwas elected to City Council in May of 2016 and was officially sworn-in on July 1, 2016 by Clerk of Court Chance Crawford.
Martin is an industrial software sales manager with a global company providing technology solutions for manufacturing companies in North America and Europe.
Graduating from Salem High School in 1991, James was awarded a football scholarship with Concord University in Athens, WV where he earned a Double-Major Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Geographic Information Systems. He then achieved a Master’s degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV focusing on Urban Planning and Information Systems.
For over 20 years, James has provided information technology solutions for local governments, branches of the military and businesses in the private sector striving to become more efficient in their work. He has helped clients address land use, utility and water resource issues throughout the southeastern United States with technology.
James serves on the following Boards, Committees and Commissions: City of Salem Audit-Finance Appropriations Committee, Roanoke Valley-Allegheny Regional Planning Commission (RVARC), Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) Board and Salem Education Foundation & Alumni Association (SEFAA) Board.
He is a member of Salem’s Penguin Club serving as Civic & Welfare Committee Chairman overseeing activities such as their annual Christmas Basket & School Supply Programs also helping coach his son’s youth football team.
James and his wife Tanya, a Roanoke County, Deputy Treasurer, reside in Salem with their young son.
Contact James Martin @ firstname.lastname@example.org LinkedIn professional profile @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesmartin1.