Martin grew up in family business environment and learned early on what work was all about; 50 to 80 hours a week working in a lobster and fish processing plant as his summer job. Given the family environment, he was also exposed to other administrative responsibilities, including weekly payroll preparation which he eventually migrated from a manual bookkeeping process to an IT driven process, making it considerably more efficient and accurate.
In 1997, Martin joined Arthur Andersen after graduating from Concordia University's John Molson School of Business in Montreal, Canada with a Bachelor of Commerce. He subsequently completed his Graduate Diploma in Accountancy in 1999 at Concordia University. The same year, Martin earned his Chartered Accountant designation after completing the required apprenticeship at Arthur Andersen by performing financial statement audits of public and privately held corporations in Montreal and Sydney, Australia.
In 2001, Martin joined Autodesk at their Montreal subsidiary Discreet Logic as a Senior Financial Analyst / Business Partner where he supported senior management and made key recommendations based on financial metrics to meet the required restructuring reductions, and subsequently realign the financial reporting structure to meet the corporate reorganization goals.
In 2002, Martin left Autodesk to operate the family businesses and carry out their successful divestitures.
In 2004, Martin joined Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services Group in San Francisco as a Manager providing financial and accounting due diligence services to private equity investors and strategic corporate acquirers. He was promoted to Senior Manager in 2007 and transferred to EY's Boston office in 2008 where he worked until late 2010.
In early 2011, as an independent consultant, Martin reconstructed the 2010 consolidated financial statements of a private equity controlled portfolio company subsequent to various oversight deficiencies and a disorganized international tax strategy implementation that unfortunately got out of control. The reconstruction included local currency trial balance level information from 15 countries where inter company transactions were matched and eliminated in order to effectively integrate 20 entities into one consolidated set of USD books.
In late 2011, Martin was recruited by Deloitte to join their M&A Transaction Services team in Montreal and returned to leading deal teams in providing financial and accounting due diligence services to corporate acquirers and private equity sponsors.
Martin's independent consulting experience in 2011 was professionally fulfilling and planted a seed. In 2014, after careful consideration, Martin founded MGB Advisory, LLC to offer professional consulting services associated with M&A transactions and other special projects / situations where such a skill set is required.