Martin comes from a long line of tree experts. With a grandfather who was an Oregon logger in the 1930s and 40s, and a father who founded a successful logging company in the 1960s and 70s, Martin grew up with a love of trees and a keen knowledge of balancing customer needs with natural aesthetics. After earning a mechanical engineering degree (UW '85) and an MBA (Seattle U '90), Martin found life as a Boeing engineer too stuffy (he calls it the "cubicle lifestyle"). He returned to the outdoors as a tree man, soon earning his arborist certificate from the International Society of Arboriculture and founding Blooma Tree Experts LLC. He married Judy in 2007, and soon afterward, enticed her to join Blooma.