As we take time during Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate important contributions of the Latino community to our economy, House Democrats are highlighting Hispanic entrepreneurs across the country who are helping to drive our economic recovery:
Abby Martinez, founder of ARM
In 2006, Abby Martinez started ARM, a woman and minority-owned small business, in Los Ojos, New Mexico to provide furniture, IT hardware, office supplies and staff augmentation services to global corporations and government-funded entities.
Born in Embudo, NM, Martinez spent her youth selling apples from her uncle’s fruit stand on a road to Taos, NM and later moved to Albuquerque. During high school Martinez started working for Mountain Bell/AT&T as an operator, and the company paid for her education at the University of New Mexico, where she earned a business degree. Martinez later work for Digital Equipment Corporation, which became a part of Compaq Equipment Corporation which, ultimately, merged with Hewlett Packard. She worked exclusively in Sales and Global Sales Executive positions and after twenty years of working as a top sales executive, she took an early retirement to work for a small technical company in Phoenix before starting her own company.
Martinez currently lives in Los Ojos with her husband, Ken, who is a Special Education teacher for the Chama Valley Schools. She is eager to give back to her community by serving as a resource for other small business owners and providing opportunity for youth in Los Ojos and surrounding communities. In addition to offering significant employment opportunities, she also wants to engage with young people through mentoring programs so youth in her community can expand their knowledge, work experience and career opportunities.
House Democrats are committed to helping Abby and all Latino entrepreneurs and innovators succeed by focusing on our Make It In America plan - a plan to boost job creation by promoting an encouraging environment for businesses to innovate and make products here in the U.S. To learn more about how the Make It In America plan will help the Latino community, click here.