Charles D. Martin

Mr. Martin is the author of four books and numerous published articles on investment strategy, global economics, public policy and higher education issues.

He is chairman and CEO of Mont Pelerin Capital, an equities hedge fund. During the 1980s and ’90s, he had a distinguished career as the founder and manager of two investment firms: Enterprise Partners, which became one of the top venture capital firms in America; and Westar Capital, a highly successful private equity firm. For the last decade, he’s been senior adviser/partner to buyout firm Clear Light Partners. In addition, for 25 years Martin co-owned TEC International, now known as Vistage, a management development program with more than 12,000 CEO members worldwide. Over the past 35 years, he has served on the boards of 47 public and private companies.

Martin has been a trustee of the University of California, Irvine Foundation for more than a decade and a trustee of Chapman University for 25 years. He has served on the investment committees of many prominent universities, including 10 years on the University of California Board Of Regents’ investment advisory committee, which oversees the endowment and pension plans for all UC campuses.

At UC Irvine, Martin helped institute and is chairman emeritus of The Paul Merage School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. He launched the school’s pioneering Polaris Investment Competition and has awarded 104 scholarships to MBA students through the program, now in its 10th year. He also led the creation and organization of the UC Irvine Chancellor’s Advisory Board.

Martin and his wife, Twyla, are long time philanthropists who support charitable organizations throughout Orange County. He was instrumental in founding the Orange County Museum of Art, where he’s chairman emeritus of the board of trustees.

Having worked two jobs to put himself through college, Martin graduated from Ohio State University with five majors (mathematics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and business). In 2007, he was awarded Ohio State’s Benjamin G. Lamme Meritorious Achievement Medal for engineering alumni. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious UC Irvine Medal by the university.