About

Listen to my insights on business buy-sell as well as some interesting personal tidbits from my appearance on Seattle Shrimp Tank (a podcast series). There’s also a short video available here.

John Martinka is known as The Escape Artist® because of the work he does 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, often via growth by acquisition; dramatically increasing the value of the company

John is the author of three books, If They Can Sell Pet Rocks Why Can’t You Sell Your Business (For What You Want)?,  Buying a Business That Makes You Rich, and Company Growth by Acquisition Makes Dollars & Sense. 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 gets results for his clients whether it’s buying, selling or dramatically increasing the value of a business. His experience includes having analyzed hundreds of acquisition candidates for scores of clients and helped over 100 clients buy or sell a business.

He was a co-founder of “Partner” On-Call Network, in charge of training and support. John works with numerous non-profits and twice was a Rotary Club President. In 2005 he started a Rotary project in conjunction with the Bellevue School district to install computer labs in schools. Over 4,000 computers have been donated and installed in Slovakia, Turkey and, since 2008, Antigua and Barbuda. In Antigua we have also distributed over 9,000 dictionaries to third grade students, put the Americas Foundation for Chess First Move program in the schools, and initiated a teacher training program so Antiguan teachers can better use technology to reach their students. We also setup eight sewing centers, donated sewing machines, and provided sewing lessons to teach ladies living in high-poverty areas the skill of sewing (they use these skills to make their family clothes, school uniforms and items they can sell).

Distributing dictionaries in Antigua

In 2018 John welcomed his daughter Jessica Martinka to the firm. Jessica will concentrate on in-house c client and business development. She has a wide and varied background including grant writing, event planning, customer service, and administration.

John’s 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:

Buying A Business That Makes You Rich: Toss Your Job Not The Dice

If They Can Sell Pet Rocks Why Can’t You Sell Your Business For What You Want

Company Growth By Acquisition Makes Dollars & Sense

  • 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