Martin Stepek was born into a business-owning family founded by his parents in the early 1950s. When the second generation entered the business, it became one of Scotland’s Top 500 businesses, with 350 employees. Martin led the second decade of the company’s marketing strategy, which was recognised as the second most memorable advertising campaign of the decade.
Martin co-owned and was director of the business from 1987 to 2002. From 1995 to 2001 he studied at Europe’s first executive education programme, specialising in family business as a form of ownership. In 2005 he co-founded the Scottish Family Business Association of which he remains CEO. Although a non-academic, Martin has co-authored four academic papers on family business issues. In addition, he mentors and advises individuals going through challenges in their family business setting.
In 2013 he received the UK Family Business Ambassador award in recognition of his services to the sector.