The LCSD Alumni Association and Foundation selection committee have selected Alan Marty, class of 1974, as the 2021 Distinguished Alumni of the Year. Alan was nominated by Norman Barker. In writing the reason Alan should be considered for this award, Barker wrote, “He has used his multiple skills in a variety of employment settings to grow himself and improve the opportunities for others in the process.” Alan graduated from Iowa State University in 1978 with a materials engineering degree. He obtained a master’s in business administration and master’s in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University. Alan started his career in the academic world, serving as an associate professor in materials science at Silliman University. He then joined Caterpillar Corporation in Illinois as an engineer and after Stanford as a sales manager at Applied Materials in Texas. In 1988, he was selected from among 800 young men and women as a White House Fellow for 88-89. He served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. Alan worked for Hewlet-Packard Company/Agilent Technologies from 1989 to 2001 where he started as the R & D director of the Integrated Circuit Business Division and ended as the general manager in the Microdisplay Products Operation. The birth of the “Noah” began as a rake and a ladder in his driveway as he played basketball with his older daughter in 2001. That summer’s visit to family and with the help of his dad, Wayne, solidified the mathematical formula for a Parabola (the arc of a basketball shot). The Noah is a device that collects shooting data from a basketball player from any position on the floor. Thirty-one patents have been issued to Alan in optical systems, computer vision and machine learning. Over 280 million basketball shots have been tracked since 2002. From 2002-08 he was executive in residence at JP Morgan Partners and charged with finding nanotechnology-related investments for the company. This led to him becoming a venture capital consultant for NASA and SpaceX. He joined Legacy Venture as a managing partner in 2008. He helps manage funds from over 600 investors as a venture capital fund of funds. The investors are entrepreneurs, corporate executives, select foundations, and philanthropic leaders. The investment funds help provide funding and support to thousands of promising startups. The returns to the investors, both principal and gains are used for their individual philanthropic interests. He and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters and a son and one grandchild. He still enjoys sports: biking with his wife, basketball, running and is currently training for the Steeplechase event in the U.S. Masters Outdoor Championship this summer. They are involved in New Beginnings Community Church in the Bay area and currently lead a Bible study for millennials in their home.
Alan Marty 2021 Alumni of the Year
KLEM 1410 Interview highlights Alan’s carreer.
A personal note: We would be hardpressed to find a more relevant alumnus to honor in 2021. Alan’s varied career experiences, his values firmly planted in the “Le Mars experience” and focus on a rapidly changing world have put him in a unique position. We couldn’t pass the opportunity to tap some of his perspectives. It is a reminder the education and experiences we have had in Le Mars afford an opportunity to fathom and impact the world around us. We’re encouraged people like Alan are out there and with the help of committed alumni, we’re here encouraging today’s youth.
View the Le Mars Community School Video Media Class stream of Alan’s award.
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