About

John Martinka is known as The Escape Artist because of his expertise in three areas:

  1. Helping executives escape the corporate world by buying the right business the right way
  2. Creating large exits for small businesses so the owner can exit their business with style, grace and more money
  3. Accelerating businesses so they escape their plateau; dramatically increasing the value of companies

John has over 20 years of business experience supported by a Masters Degree in Finance and Economics from Marquette University. A recognized public speaker, John has developed a reputation for expertise in business acquisition and “problem solving”. He has the knowledge and real life experience which gains client confidence and delivers measurable results. John has owned three businesses, led a company turnaround, analyzed hundreds of acquisition candidates for scores of clients and helped over 100 clients buy or sell a business.

He helped start “Partner” On-Call Network and was in charge of training and support. In that role he assisted both new and experienced consultants as they grow their business. John works with numerous non-profits and was twice a Rotary Club President. John is an approved provider for the Washington State SEAP program with his program, “The Street-Smart Way to Buy a Business.”

In 2005 and 2006, as part of a Rotary International project, John led a team of adults and high school students as they installed almost 300 computers in schools in the Slovak Republic. When the project started these schools had no computers for the students. In April 2007 they did the same in Istanbul, Turkey and in 2008 started a long-term relationship with the Rotary club and Ministry of Education in Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean.

Over 12 years we have installed over 3,000 computers, distributed over 9,000 dictionaries to third grade students, put the Americas Foundation for Chess First Move program in the schools, taught computer maintenance classes and gave sewing lessons to teach ladies living in a high-poverty area the skill of sewing (they will use these skills to make family clothes, school uniforms and items they can sell). Our February, 2013 project added building and stocking a library at a primary school. We have since started training Antiguan teachers on how to teach more effectively using technology.

Distributing dictionaries in Antigua

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Marquette University
  • Masters Degree in Economics and Finance from Marquette University
  • Board Certified by the Society for Advancement of Consulting in Business Sales and Acquisitions
  • Graduate of the Million Dollar Consulting College

Business Activity

  • Author of the book: Buying A Business That Makes You Rich: Toss Your Job Not The Dice
  • Author of the upcoming book: If They Can Sell Pet Rocks Why Can’t You Sell Your Business For What You Want
  • Have owned all or part of three businesses plus his consulting business
  • Opened offices in 10 cities for a national consulting group
  • Have assisted on over 100 business buy-sell transactions
  • Consults to other POCN consultants on how to grow their businesses
  • Operations manager for a 55,000 seat stadium concert that was “glitch-free”
  • While working in Seattle, helped a client in Los Angeles buy a business in Houston
  • Helped lead company turnaround
  • Business buyer clients achieve success at over 10 times the national average

Community Service & Memberships

  • Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club, president in 2011-12
  • Rotary District 5030 Leadership Council (Membership Chair 2008-2009)
  • Hopelink Executive Leadership Council
  • Northwest Student Exchange ― Board of Directors
  • Computers for the World ― Board of Directors
  • Northwest Venture Group (now NW Entrepreneur Network), Board of Directors 1996-2002
  • National Speakers Association Pacific Northwest Chapter (Former Board member)
  • Society for Advancement of Consulting, Charter Member
  • Seattle Executives Association board member 2017-18