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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Transportation Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Luck Is Where Preparation Meets Opportunity.

Birthplace

Born:
11/29/1962
Birth Location:
Columbus, Ohio

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Transportation Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Luck Is Where Preparation Meets Opportunity.

Birthplace

Born:
11/29/1962
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Transportation Chief Executive, Presidential Advisor, and City Government Official Martin Nesbitt was born in Columbus, Ohio on November 29, 1962, to Margaret and Martin Nesbitt. He graduated from Columbus Academy High School and went on to receive his B.S. degree from Albion College in 1985. He began working for the General Motors Acceptance Corporation as an analyst and while there qualified for a fellowship from GM to attend the University of Chicago to attain his M.B.A. degree. After he graduated from the University of Chicago, he went to work for LaSalle Partners as an associate. In 1991, he was promoted to vice president of the company. In addition to meeting his future wife during his time at the University of Chicago, Nesbitt became good friends with future President of the United States Barack Obama.

In 1996, while looking for investors in an airport parking company he was hoping to start, he became acquainted with Penny Pritzker of the Pritzker Realty group. She was impressed with Nesbitt, and invited him to become Vice President of her organization. Nesbitt served in that capacity for two years before receiving the funding to found his own airport parking and transportation corporation called The Parking Spot. Nesbitt began serving as president and CEO of the company.

In 2003, Nesbitt was appointed to the Chicago Housing Authority, which had recently come back under the city of Chicago’s control and had begun to implement the Plan for Transformation to completely overhaul the public housing system in Chicago. Three years later, Nesbitt began serving as vice chairman of the CHA and was quickly appointed chairman by Mayor Richard Daley. In 2007, Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president of the United States and Nesbitt became his campaign treasurer. Obama won the election and Nesbitt returned to work for The Parking Spot, although he and Obama have remained in close contact during his presidency.

Nesbitt has been active in the Big Brothers/Sisters of American program and has served as the Chairman of the DuSable District of the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a trustee of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, a member of the University of Chicago Laboratory School Board, and was a member of the United Negro College Fund Advisory Council.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Martin Nesbitt lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Martin Nesbitt talks about the history of landownership in his father's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Martin Nesbitt describes his father's personality and profession
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Martin Nesbitt remembers his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Martin Nesbitt describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Martin Nesbitt talks about his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Martin Nesbitt describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Martin Nesbitt talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Martin Nesbitt describes his early years in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Martin Nesbitt describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Martin Nesbitt remembers Crestview Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Martin Nesbitt talks about his parents' divorce
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Martin Nesbitt describes his early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Martin Nesbitt recalls how he avoided dangerous behavior
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Martin Nesbitt describes his experiences at Crestview Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Martin Nesbitt recalls his black peers at Crestview Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Martin Nesbitt talks about his teachers at Crestview Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Martin Nesbitt remembers applying for A Better Chance scholarship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Martin Nesbitt remembers his start at Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Martin Nesbitt remembers his classmates at the Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Martin Nesbitt describes his mentors at the Columbus Academy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Martin Nesbitt recalls playing football at the Columbus Academy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Martin Nesbitt remembers his high school basketball coach, Jack MacMullan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Martin Nesbitt describes the success of his classmates from the Columbus Academy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Martin Nesbitt recalls the deaths of his childhood friends
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Martin Nesbitt recalls his decision to attend Albion College in Albion, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Martin Nesbitt talks about his early career aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Martin Nesbitt recalls his interest in business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Martin Nesbitt describes his first year at the General Motors Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Martin Nesbitt recalls leaving the General Motors Company to attend the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Martin Nesbitt describes the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Martin Nesbitt recalls working at the LaSalle Partners in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Martin Nesbitt remembers his early acquaintances in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Martin Nesbitt describes his role as equity vice president at the LaSalle Partners
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Martin Nesbitt recalls starting his company, The Parking Spot
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Martin Nesbitt talks about his partnership with the Pritzker family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Martin Nesbitt describes his coworkers at the LaSalle Partners
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Martin Nesbitt talks about the early business plan for The Parking Spot
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Martin Nesbitt describes his company, The Parking Spot
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Martin Nesbitt talks about his goals for The Parking Spot
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Martin Nesbitt describes his approach to leadership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Martin Nesbitt talks about his friendship with the Obama family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Martin Nesbitt recalls playing basketball with Chicago's business leaders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Martin Nesbitt describes his support of Barack Obama's U.S. Senate campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Martin Nesbitt talks about U.S. Senator Barack Obama's acceptance speech
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Martin Nesbitt remembers supporting Barack Obama's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Martin Nesbitt talks about President Barack Obama's election
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Martin Nesbitt describes a presidential campaign rally in Iowa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Martin Nesbitt talks about the controversies during Barack Obama's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Martin Nesbitt remembers the night of the 2008 presidential election
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Martin Nesbitt remembers President Barack Obama's first inauguration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Martin Nesbitt recalls his optimism during Barack Obama's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Martin Nesbitt describes his friendship with President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Martin Nesbitt reflects upon his hopes for President Barack Obama's administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Martin Nesbitt describes his family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Martin Nesbitt describes his family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Martin Nesbitt describes his concerns about the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Martin Nesbitt reflects upon his hopes for the United States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Martin Nesbitt reflects upon his legacy