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Valentino Martinez
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  • Saint Louis, MO
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Name of School, Team or Business
Valentino B. Martinez
Job Title
Recruitment and University Relations Consultant
Current Job Description
Valentino “Tino” Martinez’s independent Recruitment and University Relations Consultant is based in St. Louis, Missouri. VBM focuses on: recruitment; High-volume recruitment; recruitment process development; contract/retained recruitment support; non-traditional and international recruitment, external succession planning; strategic and pro bono career coaching; interviewer/interviewee training workshops; high potential talent “pipelining”; retained recruitment consultant; university relations development; motivational (careers) presentations and lectures; diversity recruitment & “diversity pipelining”; employment and career related communications; including targeted recruitment, career related articles; contributing editor; and related consulting for organizations, companies, schools and government agencies.
Past Job Experience
A proven industry leader defined by quality, inclusive of diversity, in such recruitment environments as: aerospace, agriculture, advertising, food, pet food, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, defense, chemicals, manufacturing, computers, communications, education, engineering, military, not-for-profit community based organizations, corrections (prisons), rehabilitation, transportation, training and government--all comprise Martinez’s front-line, hands-on, and managerial experience base for the past 40+ years.

As a recruiter, recruitment manager, and recruitment consultant, Martinez facilitated and continues to influence the hire of thousands of quality professionals in a broad array of disciplines. From Astronaut, to Top Gun fighter pilots, design engineers, programmers, buyers, toxicologists, agronomists and veterinarians; to MBAs; sales and marketing professionals, senior management and more. Martinez led the staffing effort for the largest defense contract in the history of defense programs, in the 1980s, the $20.8 billion B-1B Bomber Program. As a recruiter, project manager and, eventually, staffing manager he played a lead role in facilitating the recruitment and hire of 5,421 highly talented professionals in a record twelve-month period. Initially hiring production manufacturing expertise, then on to programmers, and other technical professionals. Martinez was promoted 4 times in first 5 years and was facilitating the hire of Top Secret R&D engineers, mid-level and senior management. Martinez led a history making recruitment team that hired an average of 5,000 high tech professionals per year for three (3) consecutive years at Rockwell International’s North American Aircraft Operations division in Southern California. A feat unheard of and unmatched in any industry, earning him the accolade, in 1988, of “Team’s Top Recruiter,” from then North American Aircraft Division, President, Sam F. Iacobellis (Ret.). Martinez has also distinguished himself in recruitment roles at: the Pentagon for the US Army Officer Personnel Directorate (OPD) later moved to the Military Personnel Center (MILPERCEN), the California Departments of Corrections and Transportation, the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, Rockwell International NAAO/Boeing, Monsanto Agricultural Company, Pharmacia, Pfizer, Nutrasweet, Golden Products, Dow AgroScience, Ralston Purina, Nestlé, Nestlé Latin America, Nestlé NROC, and Nestle Purina Company.

Based on scar tissue and accomplishment, Martinez is considered an authority on recruitment and career trekking. Quoted in the LA Times, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Albuquerque Journal, the Wall Street Journal, the College Press, FFA, the Rockwell News and Personnel Journal magazine, Martinez is a featured speaker on campuses and conferences nationally. Martinez graced the cover of Hispanic Times magazine in 1990. In that same year, Hispanic Magazine referred to Martinez as “The Top Gun of the best in the business,” and in Aerospace Engineering magazine Martinez was called, “the Red Adair of recruiting.” To this end his facilitating efforts and results have garnered him numerous awards and distinctions. Of note are: The 1989, National Employment Managers Associations’ (EMA-now SMA-SHRM) prestigious national Pericles Achievement Award for “outstanding contributions in the field of human resources”; Letters of Commendation from the EEOC-Chairman Tony Gallegos, California’s Governor George Deukmejian, the US Army, the LA Times & the LA Urban League; The Rockwell International NAAO Company Pride Award--1989; WHO’s WHO Worldwide ‘94, The Bravo Award” from Hispanic Times Magazine and the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists--1992; the National Distinguished Service Award 1989; and two prestigious national Awards of Distinction from the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) in 1992 and 1995. From 1990 to 1995, Martinez received numerous awards and citations from over 35 top universities and colleges--highlighted by special distinctions from MANRRS student chapters. Nestlé Purina bestowed on Martinez the HR Vision Award in 2006 for Recruitment Excellence. Nestlé presented Martinez with the NROC-Rock of Gibraltar Award for Recruitment Excellence in 2007. Martinez has a BS in History and Cultural Anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco.

Recruitment and University Relations Consultant Recruitment & University Relations Development, Inclusive of Diversity
Certificate-College Relations & Recruitment Institute
Cornell University - 1993

BS, Psychology, University of San Francisco, 1979

BS, History & Cultural Anthropology, Eastern New Mexico University, 1971
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Honors & Awards

Received awards and honorary distinctions from 35 top universities/colleges—Colleges of Engineering, Business and Agriculture—e.g., University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign; Purdue U.; Penn State U.; Michigan State U.; UC Davis; Cal Poly-SLO; Texas A&M; U. of Texas; Tuskegee U.; Southern U.; Florida A&M U.; U. of Missouri-Rolla & Columbia; Nebraska U.; Iowa State U.; Southern Illinois U.; Colorado State U.; The Ohio State U.; U. of Wisconsin; U. of Florida; Louisiana State U.; Lincoln U.; Cal Poly Pomona; UC-Riverside; Arizona State; Oregon State U.; Utah State; Auburn U.; U. of Arkansas-Fort Smith; Alabama A&M U.; North Carolina A&T U.; Georgia Tech; U. of Nebraska; Cornell U.; U. of Minnesota; and U. of Wisconsin - with special and extensive awards and honorary distinctions from Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) student chapters 45+ – 1990-2006.

Rockwell International-North American Aircraft Operations - HR PRIDE AWARD - Staffing and University Relations-1988. Leader in front-line recruiting roles, and in hands-on management roles, a history making recruitment team that hired an average of 5,000 high tech professionals per year for three (3) consecutive years at Rockwell International’s North American Aircraft Operations division in Southern California.  A feat unheard of and unmatched in any industry, earning the accolade, in 1988, of “Team’s Top Recruiter,” from then North American Aircraft Division, President, Sam F. Iacobellis (Ret.); In 1990 named “TOP GUN Recruiter…one of the best in the business” by Hispanic magazine, and called the “Red Adair of recruiting by Aerospace Engineering magazine.  Of particular note:  At Rockwell International – North American Aircraft Operations –Based on outstanding performance Valentino Martinez was promoted five times in three years,  from Grade Level 1 Recruiter to Grade Level 12 Manager – Employment and University Relations.

Among his many awards Martinez received the prestigious national PERICLES ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for “Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Human Resources” in 1989 by the Employment Management Association (EMA) a national organization which later merged with the Society of Human Resources  Management – SHRM, who later changed EMA to SMA--Staffing Management Association.  The newly established Bravo Award from Hispanic Times magazine and the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists MAES)—was awarded to Martinez in 1992.   Martinez also earned the National Distinguished Service Award in 1989; the Total Affirmative Action Award from Equal Opportunity Publications, in 1989 & 1990.  Valentino Martinez was also presented with 2 National Awards for his efforts in support of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) in 1992 & 1999.  In 1989, Martinez was listed in WHO’S WHO WORLDWIDE.

Commendations: US ARMY 1973 &1974; Letters of Commendation from:  EEOC-Commissioner Tony Gallegos, ‘89, and from California Governor George Deukmejian (R) 1989.

Awarded top Nestle & Nestle Purina Company "HR Vision Award – Business Focus” – Recruitment and University Relations Impact 2006; Nestle USA-Recruitment Achievement Award-"Crystal NROC of Gibraltar Award" & Letter of Commendation – 2007.

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At 12:15pm on December 19, 2010, Valentino Martinez said…

Off the business track Martinez continues to distinguish himself as a world-class athlete in “Masters” and “Senior Olympic” Track & Field competitions.  First distinguishing himself in high school in 1967 by setting a New Mexico State record that stood for 22 years (breaking a record that stood 17 years)--in his specialty event the Discus Throw.  Earning a college education through a Track & Field Scholarship, Martinez was a top ranked discus thrower in high school and in NAIA collegiate competition.  Martinez established himself as the National Masters Discus Champion, winning the gold medal in 1996 & 2003 at the annual Masters National Track & Field Championship Meet.  In June 2003 Martinez won a Gold Medal by breaking the National Senior Olympic discus record for Men-50-54, and won that Gold Medal again in 2005 & 2007.  He is the perennial defending Show-Me State and Missouri Senior Games champion for the past 20 years.  Martinez has also won the prestigious Discus Gold Medal at the Huntsman World Senior Games 4x.  Martinez has been a top ranked world, national, and state champion, and with 2010’s Gold Medal performances he has now qualified 21x for USA Masters Track & Field All American status in the Discus Throw as sanctioned by USA Track & Field.


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