An interview with Jeff Martinez
Vice President of Operations, Atmos Energy
I believe that inspired leadership is vital for the long-term success of our company and communities. As a leader, one key inspiration that drives me is a focus on a diverse and balanced approach in all aspects of the business. Two very important elements of this approach are community outreach and support initiatives that become ingrained in the fabric of who you are.
I grew up in Fort Worth, where I attended Catholic school, and then, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University. After graduation, I chose to work for Atmos Energy, a company with stellar values and beliefs in community outreach and support. I have worked in numerous capacities—project manager, director of engineering, and my current role as vice president of operations. Throughout my career, I have been afforded and have taken advantage of opportunities that supported diversity and education.
I actively participated in the INROADS program during high school and college, and took advantage of internship opportunities that greatly broadened and enhanced my perspective. During my college years, I benefited from multiple scholarships, including some supporting Hispanic youth. Through these experiences and others, I developed the strong belief that community outreach and support are fundamentally beneficial and necessary to develop our youth and grow our communities.
Because I have experienced similar benefits in my own education and career, I am grateful to be able to give back to the community. As an example, I continue to help others as chair of the School Advisory Council for the Diocese of Fort Worth. The Council strongly encourages a focus on diversity in the marketing, education, and recruitment efforts of the schools, while fostering a tradition of service and ministry to the community.
Atmos Energy continues to inspire me with its commitment to the communities it serves. The company is committed to a number of youth programs, including INROADS and various programs through the Dallas Mayor’s office, which support the professional development of youth. We are also actively engaged in literacy efforts, including the Atmos Energy West Dallas Literacy Center. The Center provides an opportunity for youth and adults to learn English as a second language and obtain their GEDs—two achievements that will open doors for them and lead to greater success in life. More than 1,000 adults attended the Center’s first year of operation. Atmos Energy continues to inspire youth and community to new levels of achievement and commitment. And that motivates and inspires me.
Meet Jeff Martinez
My Philosophy: I believe that all good things come from a service mindset and compassionate heart. Each day is an opportunity to make a positive difference for someone. Doing the right things from a true position of caring will always foster the right long-term results.
What I’m Reading: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John C Maxwell. It’s a great book on collaboration and teamwork through effective communication and influence.
Best Advice: You have to genuinely care to make a real difference.