As guest services coordinator for the Houston Astros, Chris Martin, ’15, is able to pursue his passion in sports while giving back to others.
“Working here is very exciting,” the Sport Management grad said. “I get to ensure our fans leave Minute Maid Park with memorable experiences through basic customer service, ballpark tours, parades, birthdays, etc. Every day there is something unique in guest services.”
But landing a services-oriented job for a major sports organization was something Martin thought was impossible during high school — until he visited Flagler College.
“It was the only campus I visited where the professors had a blueprint on how to get into the industry,” he said. “My professors pushed me to do better work, pushed me to gain more experience and pushed me to think differently. They knew what it took to get into the sport industry and they modeled the curriculum to give the students the best opportunity to succeed.”
Prior to landing the job with the Houston Astros, Martin interned with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Success, for him, has come from a personal commitment to continually learn and challenge oneself while paying forward help he has received along his journey.
“I always want to push myself to be better — whether that’s learning different procedures, striving to see different perspectives, or facing difficult situations,” he said. “I’ve been offered great opportunities through my life already and I credit that to the people I have worked for and learned from. In the future I want to help people the way I have been helped.”