Ron Martinez: Area Manager, District V North (Payson & Globe)

ronWe’ll let Ron speak for himself- “I was born and raised in the Globe/Miami area; an area known for its copper production and which is somewhat famous for its role in early Arizona history. The “blue collar” work ethic is what we were raised by but education was still valued by our parents, many of whom had to find work to help support the family. I was raised by my grandmother who taught me that there was a value in every item and that respect for others would take you a long way. After graduating from Globe High I had the opportunity to attend Northern Az. University and graduated with a degree in Sociology in 1979. I pursued a career in the Criminal Justice field which included thirteen years as a probation officer in Gila County. I grew tired of the negative and irresponsible attitude of the clients I dealt with and initially thought of becoming a teacher. Instead, I took a job as a case manager with DDD in 1999 and my involvement with these families restored my faith in humanity. I admired their determination, creativity, and their ability to put a smile on their faces in spite of the odds they faced. However, case management changed dramatically and I was fortunate to be offered a positionwith Arion Care Solutions where I could have a more direct impact on the lives of DDD families. I have lived in Payson since 1985 and am married to a very supportive wife, Kristin, with our three children (ranging in age from 10 to 1). I also have a 16 year old daughter from my first marriage who lives in Payson as well. We enjoy being active with sports, the outdoors, are big baseball fans (we have attended games in stadiums across the country), and center our lives around our family.
Helping families achieve their dreams and trying to
make their lives a little more comfortable is what I enjoy
most about this job. I always try to keep in mind one of
my father’s favorite sayings, “I once felt sorry for myself
because I had no shoes. Then one day I saw a man who
had no feet”.