Born and raised in the Dominican Republic (DR), Juan started working in the restaurant industry at the age of ten, cleaning bathrooms and floors, cutting onions and tomatoes, and selling popcorn and cotton candy. In 1997, at the age of sixteen, he emigrated to the United States in search of better opportunities. He put himself through college while working full-time and going to school full-time, and he is a graduate of the prestigious Walt Disney Leadership and Hospitality College Program. After college, Juan focused on the banking industry, where he learned valuable business skills. At the age of twenty-two, he got a role as a manager trainee at one of the largest Fortune 500 financial institutions, Bank of America. He worked his way up to run Denovo operations (startup branches). Juan was responsible in opening new branches and involved in project management, setting up business processes for each new branch, hiring talent, marketing, and growing the business. In 2010, he decided to pursue his passion and opened State Café & Grill with his wife, Melanie. Shortly after, Don Juan Mex Grill was born. Today, Juan is the proud owner of Martinez Hospitality, a management company that operates a multimillion-dollar, multi-brand restaurant business with locations throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. He’s an active commercial and residential real estate investor in Lehigh and Northampton Counties in Pennsylvania and Palm Beach County, Florida. He enjoys spending his free time reading, eating, and traveling with his family. Being a big believer in the power of education, Juan and his wife, Melanie, have established the Juan & Melanie Martinez Scholarship Fund to assist underprivileged, promising high school seniors pursuing higher education and/or technical school in the communities they serve. "The future belongs to those who prepared for it." Please feel free to share and or follow my blog focused on business and real estate investing.
Education & Affiliations
Active Commercial/Residential Real Estate Professional
Associate degree in Business Administration, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA
Bachelor’s in business administration, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
Master’s in business administration, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA
Entrepreneurship & Scaling, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, CA
Board Member, National Restaurant Association, Washington DC
Director, First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, Lehigh Valley PA
Family of Businesses
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