Martin Sepulveda - East Valley Tribune: Candidates

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Martin Sepulveda is a seventh-generation Arizonan who serves his country, state and community in many different capacities. He is a combat Veteran, accomplished businessman, community leader and devoted family man.

Sepulveda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Arizona State University in 1983. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and subsequently earned a commission in the US Navy. In 1988, he left active duty military service to pursue his civilian career but continued to serve in the United States Navy Reserve. Today, he is a Commander in the Navy Reserve and a Veteran of Desert Storm, the Kosovo Air Campaign, three combat tours in Iraq and a fourth combat tour with the 1st Marine Division in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Sepulveda began his professional career in municipal economic development. Before leaving the public sector in 1996 for the private sector, he served as a senior business development representative for the Arizona Department of Commerce. He began his private sector career at McCarthy Builders Southwest, one of the nations' largest and oldest privately owned general contractors. At McCarthy, he was responsible for business development in the Southwest region and Mexico.

In 2000, Sepulveda left McCarthy and founded Sepulveda Group. Sepulveda Group, based in Arizona, is a Veteran-owned small business specializing in commercial land development, project entitlements and project management. His clients range from individual investors to Fortune 100 companies.

During his time in the public and private sector, Sepulveda served two non-consecutive terms on the Chandler City Council - March 1995 to January 2000 and June 2004 to January 2009.

Sepulveda has been an active member in the community for many years. He joined the Executive Board of the East Valley Partnership in 1993 and has served on the board as Secretary and Vice Chair. He currently serves as an Ex Officio member. Additionally, he is the Vice President of the Chandler Historical Society, a life member of the Arizona State University Alumni Association and the Varsity A Association. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley and the Chandler Education Foundation. Also as a former collegiate student athlete, Sepulveda mentored young athletes as an assistant wrestling coach at Seton Catholic High School.

An Arizona State University graduate, Sepulveda attended graduate school at the University of San Diego and participated in senior Naval Officer seminars on strategy at the Naval War College in Rhode Island. He has been a guest lecturer on subjects ranging from global business development to leadership at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Center for the Advancement of Small Business at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Martin Sepulveda has been married to his wife Sheree for 28 years. Their daughter Natalie is a graduate of the University of Arizona and their son Marc is a Navy Reserve Corpsman who recently returned from Afghanistan after completing his second combat tour of duty. Martin and Sheree currently live in Chandler and have for the past 24 years.

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