Roy is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer for RoyOMartin. Born in Alexandria, Louisiana, he is a graduate of Bolton High School. After high school graduation, he enrolled in Louisiana State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Tau Beta Pi). He continued his education at LSU, obtaining his Master of Business Administration in 1985. In 2008, Roy was named to LSU’s Alumni Hall of Distinction and the LSU School of Business Hall of Distinction. In 2011, he was inducted into the LSU College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, Tiger Athletic Foundation Hall of Distinction, and Society for Engineering Excellence. He currently serves as the Chair of the Tiger Athletic Association (TAF). Most recently, Roy was honored with the LSUA Distinguished Service Award, following the footsteps of his father, Roy O. Martin, Jr., who was a founding member of the LSUA Foundation and the inaugural recipient of this award 29 years ago.
Throughout the years, Roy has volunteered his time and served in various board and chair capacities for companies and organizations such as the Lions Club, United Way of Central Louisiana (Volunteer of the Year in 1995), Habitat for Humanity (Golden Hammer Award), the American Red Cross through Rapides Regional Medical Center, First Commerce Corporation through Rapides Bank/Bank One, the CENLA Advantage Partnership, the Salvation Army (Dorcas Award in 1992), the LSU-Alexandria Advisory Board. Additionally, he was a part of The Committee of 100/Chair of SECURE, Chair of Governor-Elect Jindal’s Economic Growth Transition Advisory Council, the Louisiana Baptist Foundation, Inner City Revitalization, the Louisiana Forestry Association, American Heart Association of CENLA, and the Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Roy has also served the state of Louisiana on the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority (GAEDA), LSU Health Sciences Foundation, Louisiana Commission on Streamlining Government, and Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. He and Jonathan Martin were presented with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southern District in 2004. In January of 2012, Roy was selected by former Governor Bobby Jindal to fill the member-at-large position on the Louisiana Board of Regents and was elected chair in 2015. He is currently on organizational boards such as Salvation Army, Dean’s Advisory Council of LSU’s E. J. Ourso School of Business, Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, and was the Chair and a Board member of the American Panel Association. Roy is a Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church of Alexandria, Louisiana.
A proud member of the Central Louisiana community, Roy and his wife, Kathy, have two children and four grandchildren.