Jonathan Marti: from Intern to Senior Project Manager
Jacksonville native, Jonathan Marti has played a major role in JAX Refrigeration’s meteoric rise from startup to industry leader. During 2018 Jonathan has assumed the role of Senior Project Manager. Jonathan joined JAX as an intern, fresh out of the University of North Florida during the company’s first year of operations. As an accomplished Professional Engineer (PE) and active member of ASHRAE, RETA and FCMA Mr. Marti has become the lead for many of JAX Refrigeration’s key accounts, including Pepsi, Publix, Pepperidge Farm, and CHA. He was the Project Manager for two Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Award winning projects: Eagle Award for CXP Data Center and Pyramid Award for the JAX Refrigeration Office Building.
At age 33, Mr. Marti’s entire professional career has been with JAX Refrigeration. The graduate from Mandarin High School and the University of North Florida has become a rising star at JAX Refrigeration and in the industrial refrigeration industry. He has played a major role in earning the many awards and increasing recognition JAX has received over the years (including 5 nods in the most recent JBJ Book of Lists).
Jonathan is an active member of the professional organizations ASHRAE, RETA and FCMA. He has been actively involved in giving back to the community through JAXCares partners such as Dreams Come True, Blessings in a Backpack, Tim Tebow Foundation, HEAL and has participated in the several other charitable events and activities. Jonathan is proud of his Jacksonville roots and enjoys boating and fishing with his wife, Kayla and two children, Marlin and Finn.
Marti’s original plan was to become a Refrigeration Design Engineer. His vision was to work more on the design side of projects, similar to what Ekle Small’s MEAS Department does. Now, as a Senior Project Manager at JAX Refrigeration, he is responsible for managing entire projects. Jonathan is involved in the entire project from A-Z, ranging from procurement, installation, support, and troubleshooting. Although his role is not exactly what he had originally envisioned he is quite satisfied. As a Project Manager, he is able to to have an impact on the design while maintaining control on nearly all aspects of his projects. With this level of responsibility and control, he is able to ensure that his standard of quality is met on every project he is associated with.
Jonathan began working with JAX Refrigeration when the company was in its infancy and he was among 4 – 5 employees responsible for projects. At the time, there were fewer projects to manage which afforded a simpler workload that was easier to handle. He enjoyed the tight-knit group atmosphere and constant collaboration. Although the sophistication and number of projects have increased greatly at JAX over the years, he is very happy that the same atmosphere exists today. Jonathan did not have specific knowledge or expectations of what was in store for him when he joined JAX. Looking back, his path at JAX has been quite different from many of his peers who chose careers at other refrigeration firms. When he began at JAX, there were fewer employees than at several of the larger firms at the time. Jonathan was expected to pay close attention and learn to be productive immediately. There wasn’t a great deal of hand-holding since there was a limited number of employees, all who had a great deal of work to do.
Jonathan has chosen to remain with JAX for the constant learning and professional growth, along with the enjoyment of watching projects start up. The Project Manager role at JAX is much more hands-on than at most other firms and more opportunity to be involved. There is more work to do, but one is able to feel a great sense of ownership and accomplishment when the job is finished.
Jonathan envisions his role evolving from Project Management to more of a Project Oversight role. He is excited to train and develop the next generation, passing down the skills and methods he has learned.