College of Social Sciences


John Martinez

John Martinez

John Martinez is a Director at PNC Capital Markets in Orlando, overseeing Florida’s Public Finance business. He facilitates state and local governments, authorities and agencies in financing a variety of projects.

Mr. Martinez previously served as co-founder of Benchmark Securities, LLC, and as Vice President at Gardnyr Michael Capital, Inc., both in Winter Park, Florida.

In 2011, at the age of 30, Mr. Martinez was selected by Governor Scott to fill a vacancy on the Orange County Commission, where his duties included making policy decisions that affected the 1.2 million residents, a $3.4 billion budget and a County government of over 7,000 employees. Among the issues he addressed were homelessness in his district and the problem of vacant and abandoned properties. He chose not to run for election and concluded his term in 2012.

Prior to his career in finance, Mr. Martinez served as an associate attorney with the Orlando law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., where he handled real estate transactions, land use and governmental affairs, and complex commercial litigation.

Mr. Martinez graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in 2003 and from Florida State University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 2006. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Central Florida YMCA, the Frederick Leadership Initiative and the Wake Forest Alumni Development Board. He is also the Chairman for the Orange County Sustainability Committee.

He is married to Helen Martinez, also an attorney, and is the father of two young daughters, Virginia and Tindal. They reside in Orlando.