About


Marty Johnson (he/him) has a mission to explore, encourage, empower, and envision a better world by both learning from others and sharing lessons that he's learned in his own experience. As a natural leader, storyteller, and team builder with a meticulous eye for detail, Marty's ability to frame the big picture while polishing the fine print has brought him success as an in-demand editor and columnist, as well as a marketing, communication, mission, and vision coach.


Marty has spent the majority of his 30-plus-year career in the mail and business center (MBC) industry, managing and owning/operating retail shipping centers, guiding industry associations, coordinating regional and national events, presenting as a speaker, panelist, and lead instructor at conferences and summits, and organizing his communities to make positive changes. He, his businesses, and his work have been featured dozens of times in various publications, including a record four times in FedEx ShipSource®. Marty has also spent time outside of the MBC industry as a 5th Avenue window dresser and visual specialist, athletic and special event merchandise concession lead, high-end real estate stager, office products sales and bid coordinator, K-12 substitute teacher, and non-denominational minister.

 

In 2023, Marty retired from shopkeeper life and sold his popular and growing business, Uncle Marty’s Shipping Office, an independent, inclusive, sustainability-minded, and community-focused, printing, storage, and shipping hub in the Collegetown neighborhood of Ithaca, New York. At that time, he also stepped down from his positions as Director and Co-Founder of the Collegetown Small Business Alliance and Director of Communication and Advisor to the Board of the non-profit Association of Mail & Business Centers (AMBC), for which he was also a previous board chair.

 

It’s now Marty’s privilege to lean into his love of adventure with the ability to work remotely from anywhere his travels take him. Semi-retirement allows him to spend more time with family and focus on writing and coaching projects through his own platforms as well as with AYM High Consultants. Marty continues to serve as Editor and Producer of MBC Today, the MBC industry's leading publication wherein his advice column, Ask Uncle Marty, is a favorite among readers; he's also working diligently with a close friend and colleague on an exciting motivational podcast that will launch in 2024 (stay tuned!)

 

Through it all, Marty counts it a true honor to serve as a voice, influencer, and mentor in his communities and on growing platforms. He is very grateful for new opportunities to have discussions and receive lessons in order to keep growing, discovering, and making forward-moving changes. As a cancer survivor who, through grace and intense chemotherapy, overcame an aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2013, he believes wholeheartedly in silver linings, hoping to use his bonus years to spread positivity, hope, joy, good-neighborliness, and gratitude.


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