Alumnus, M.Ed. & Ph.D. Educational Administration & College of Education Advancement Board Member
Dr. Keith W. Martin is Director and Chief Export Officer of International Sales for Martin Door Manufacturing, a Utah Manufacturer of garage doors. He has traveled to, established and trained distributors for Martin's patented Finger Shield™ garage door in over 60 countries. Martin has door installations in over 80 countries through a network of distributors. In 1995, the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown presented Martin Doors with the President's E-Award for Excellence in Exporting.
Keith earned his Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education from the University of Utah in 1975. He lived with his family in Tunisia while he researched for his Doctoral Dissertation on the Reformation and Secularization of Education at the Grand Islamic Mosque Zaytuna, which was established in 732 AD. He completed his research using English, French and Arabic sources.
Keith has held many positions in the community. He has been a Director and Vice President of the World Trade Association, an Adjunct Professor of International Marketing at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College, a member of the International Advisory Council for the Business College of Salt Lake Community College, a member of Governor's Middle East Working Group, and Vice President of The American Institute of Arabic Studies under the direction of Dr. Sami Hanna.
Keith has lectured on international marketing throughout the state. He was the keynote speaker for Snow College's International Lectures and a guest lecturer for the CPA Association of Utah, The Department of Commerce, University of Utah, Utah State University, Brigham Young University, Westminster College, Utah Valley University, Salt Lake Community College, the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club and several associations and educational institutions.
As Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Morocco, a position to which he was named in March, 2011, Keith's three goals are: 1) Increase cultural awareness in Utah of Morocco, the first country in the world to recognize the free American colonies in 1777, 2) Increase trade between Morocco and the State of Utah, and 3) Help Utahans to have a cultural experience with Morocco.
As a College of Education Advisory Board Member, along with his wife Trisa, Keith says the following: “I will contribute with the experiences I have had since obtaining my PhD in Education from the U of U in 1975. My U of U education training was under the direction of Ascel Woodruff, who taught me that the best learning is obtained by doing a project, and Dr. A. F. Faust, and Dr. Sami A. Hanna, who taught me the value of patience and support and directed me toward Middle East Education. My learning project is my life as a family man, a religious man, an Adjunct Professor, an International Marketer, an Honorary Consul for Morocco, and now as an Advisory Board Member”.
Keith and his wife Trisa are the parents of six and grandparents of six. Five children graduated from the University of Utah and one graduated from Utah State University.