River City Six – Kris Martin
Meet Kris Martin, vice president of Cox Media Omaha (coxmedia.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
Cox Media is a full-service marketing company. We connect consumers to various local businesses or services through advertising and with our outstanding video and audio creative capabilities, including filming in 4D with a licensed drone pilot. Cox Media has extensive research capabilities, a full-service marketing department, an in-house marketing strategist, and a full-service digital marketing department.
How did you get started in the business?
I started in radio as a promotions manager, putting together marketing ideas for the radio stations as well as clients to gain additional audience and customers. I loved creating ideas and working with clients—it was the best part of my job. I moved into sales so that I could work directly with clients and help them grow their businesses.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
As you’re building your career, it’s difficult at times to “turn it off.” One of my biggest challenges was learning work/life balance. I’ve learned the value of taking time for family and attending kids’ events. Time goes so fast and the precious moments and memories we gain from our children and family will inspire us.
Tell us a little about your family.
I was born and raised in Omaha. I am married to a retired army ranger. I have three daughters and he has three sons, so we are the real Brady Bunch.
Who inspires you?
My family. I am lucky enough to have three daughters who make me want to be the best I can be every day.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My grandmother always told me, “If I learn something new today, it’s a good day.” I believe every day has a lesson or a learning opportunity.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flats.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
Refinishing woodwork! I love DIY projects and my husband says I am handier than most men he knows. I had a house that I completely re-stained all the golden oak to a warm chestnut. I mean every door, molding, staircase, window—I stripped, stained, and varnished. I’m also pretty good at laying flooring, which I’ve done three times.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Anything musical. I love music, however, I was given a voice that no one should be subjected to.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
My husband and I founded a 501c3 called For One For All. After serving two tours in Afghanistan, my husband has seen firsthand the impact trauma has on first responders, veterans, and their families. He has personally helped many he served with and sadly has lost 21 members from his unit. We want to bring awareness to the issues many are faced with, as well as their family members. Our mission is to facilitate or offer services that will enhance veterans’ emotional, physical, social, and family well-being.
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