June 19, 2015
ORLANDO – Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins has been named to Orlando Magazine’s Most Powerful People list for the eighth consecutive year, ranking twelfth on this year’s list. Martins has remained a fixture in the rankings of the most dynamic leaders in Central Florida for much of the past decade. He was a “Hall of Power” member after ranking in Orlando Magazine’s Top 5 for five years in a row of their “Most Powerful People” rankings and sat atop that list in 2012.
Martins, who has spent 27 years in professional sports management, recently was presented with the Orlando Economic Development Commission’s (EDC) 2015 James B. Greene Economic Development Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the EDC and recognizes an individual whose work has contributed substantially to the economic prosperity of the region. He was also instrumental in securing the state-of-the-art Amway Center, which was named the 2012 SportsBusiness Journal’s “Facility of the Year” and received the 2013 StadiumBusiness “Customer Experience Award.” In addition, he was an integral piece to bringing the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend to Orlando and its $95 million economic impact.
In the July 2015 issue, Orlando Magazine wrote:
As Martins continues to rebuild a young Orlando Magic team with the No. 5 pick in the NBA Draft and new coach Scott Skiles, a popular former Magic player, the future looks brighter after three losing seasons. Off the court, Martins is busy with the Magic’s planned downtown $200 million sports and entertainment district project. But much of what Martins does is not seen by the public. He chaired the Orlando Community Construction Corporation a nonprofit overseer of the downtown performing arts center. With the specter of budget overruns and construction delays threatening the November opening, Martins led the settlements with both sides, resulting in an on-time and largely on-budget opening...
During his time in Central Florida, Martins has held several significant roles in the local community. He served as the chairman of the Orlando Economic Development Commission, and on the board of directors for the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, Visit Orlando, Florida Children’s Hospital, Coalition for the Homeless, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the past chair of the Central Florida Partnership. He is also on the University of Central Florida board of trustees.