I am grateful for everything I received at Fairfield: a liberal arts education, a Christian awareness, good friends, and a broadening of my horizons. In no small measure, that experience helped me lead a successful personal and professional life and it is only fair and fitting that I give something back.
Rafael Martinez ’69
A Broad Education
I value the humanistic-Christian education I received at Fairfield. While it was not evident during my years of college, I later realized that Fairfield exposed me to new experiences and provided me a broad education well beyond my concentration in business (history, philosophy, theology, etc.) that allowed me to become a better person personally and professionally. It was also that education which made me recognize that we all have a moral obligation to give back to our community to the full extent of our means. In no small measure, my education at Fairfield was instrumental in forming and strengthening the moral values that have shaped my business and personal life.
From Business to Bonsai
Upon my graduation from Fairfield I spent some time in the Air Force (it was the time of the Vietnam War) and later obtained a MBA from Columbia University in New York. I then went into public accounting and spent over 30 years at the international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Over time, I moved up to become the managing partner of the Puerto Rico area practice. In 2004, I retired from the firm, but continued a scaled-down professional practice until I was asked by the Governor of Puerto Rico to join the Board of The Government Development Bank for PR, and later served as its chairman.
Today, I’m involved in several community organizations which strive to improve public education. I also have a limited professional practice as a financial and business advisor and sit on the board of directors of several companies, including BBVA, one of the large Spanish banks. But it’s not all work; I travel often with my wife Annie, tend to a Bonsai collection, try my hand at writing a history of the Island’s sugar industry, and take care of three wonderful grandkids.
Making a Difference
I am grateful for everything I received at Fairfield: a liberal arts education, a Christian awareness, good friends, and a broadening of my horizons. In no small measure, that experience helped me lead a successful personal and professional life and it is only fair and fitting that I give something back. I have been helping the University financially for some years and have formally committed to do so in the coming years hoping to make a small difference assisting those who are in need during the difficult times in which we are living.
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