Martin Trust founded Brandot International Ltd. in 2001 and is currently the President of the company. Prior to the establishment of Brandot, Marty was President and Chief Executive Officer of MAST Industries, which he founded in 1970. As CEO, he developed MAST into one of the largest international apparel producers with annual sales of $1.5 billion and offices in 14 countries. In 1978, MAST was acquired by The Limited Stores, Inc., which later became known as Limited Brands. Today, Limited Brands is a major retailer of women's and men's clothing, with sales of approximately $9 billion. Marty served on the Limited Brand's Board of Directors from 1978 to 2003.
Marty has served in the capacity of cleared advisor to the United States Department of Commerce with regard to textile trade issues. He currently is a Director of Virtusa Corporation, a software development company with offices in Sri Lanka, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Staples, Inc. from 1987 to 2009 and served as Lead Director for this major retailer of office products.
Marty is a specialist in the field of international and domestic trade, with a focus on the apparel and textile industries. In 1994, due to his long-standing and active involvement in Sri Lanka's textile and apparel industry, he was recognized by the Government of Sri Lanka, which awarded him the honorary title of "Ranjana" of Sri Lanka.
Marty received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and has served as a member of its Board of Trustees since 1989. He obtained his Master's in Industrial Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He served on the Visiting Committee of this institution from 1989 to 2000 and currently serves on the Sloan School's North American Executive Board.
From 1959 to 1965, Marty held the post of Associate Professor at The Lowell Technological Institute, now part of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is a member of the Lank Center Visiting Committee at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Previously he was a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Radiation Oncology of the Massachusetts General Hospital; a Corporation Member of Partner's HealthCare System, Inc.;and a member of the Visiting Committee of The Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has also served in a number of positions with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Marty has lectured on such topics as quick response manufacturing, development of global production facilities and the economic impact of apparel quotas. He has spoken at several universities, including Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Auburn University, The Fisher School of Business at Ohio State University, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Harvard University Graduate School of Business.