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Martin Ryan

Position: Project Manager,
Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC)
Years of Service: 10

Martin started working for Stony Brook in 2002. He previously was a Union Carpenter for Local 7 in the Tri-State area. He took the opportunity to work at Stony Brook, because he loved the idea of working in the community where he lives. The secret to success for Ryan is teamwork. He feels that no job would be able to get done without team coordination. He credits much success for the many projects he oversees to the foremen on the job; they meet deadlines and motivate the team. Communication is also key in the construction world. Marty feels that briefing his teams on a daily basis helps keep projects on task. Marty’s teams include carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and outside contractors. “These are great workers to have; they care about what they are building, for the students and for the university. We have a great support system in Senior Vice President Barbara Chernow, and Associate Vice President for Facilities and Services Lou Rispoli. This support allows the team to flourish.”

Currently, Marty’s teams are working on special projects including: the Arena, ECC, and the renovation of the Melville Library bathrooms.

Summer 2012, Marty lead the -re-design project for the of the Admissions offices. Marty’s team took a previously outdated and poorly utilized space and created a new comfortable seating area and carved out a small presentation room for prospective students and their families. “We are very proud of what we were able to construct for the Admissions Office in such a small space. It is the first thing that many potential students will see, so we had to make it warm, welcoming, and professional.”

For Marty, the day begins early. Each day, he reviews the daily schedules, checks on job sites, meets with clients, and checks in with his team. He tries to squeeze in time to get back to his office, check emails, check on supplies, and start to plan for the next day. On any given day, you are likely to see Marty driving around campus visiting his sites, carrying blueprints, ensuring that job sites are running effienciently.

During Hurricane Sandy, Marty and his team assisted with campus clean up, and ensured all job sites were up and running to full capacity.

In Marty’s free time, he enjoys golfing and coaches a local high school football team. So whether he is at work or on the weekends, Marty is in charge of a team, leading them on to success.

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