About


Marty Johnson has been a small business owner since 2011, working alongside his outstanding team at Uncle Marty’s Shipping Office, a popular, community-minded, inclusive, and sustainability-focused shipping, printing, storage, and mail center next to Cornell University in beautiful Ithaca, New York. There, as a co-founder of the Collegetown Small Business Alliance and an active member of the Tompkins Chamber, he works closely with his neighbors and local officials to ensure their one-of-a-kind community remains exceptional.

In addition to being a shopkeeper and community leader, Marty volunteers as Director of Communication and Advisor to the Board for the Association of Mail & Business Centers (AMBC), having previously served as the non-profit’s board chair. He remains the lead national instructor for AMBC’s certified training courses in advanced packing and global shipping and also leads seminars on marketing, branding, team development, brick and mortar aesthetics, social media, and relationship building.

Marty has been honored to be a panelist and instructor at summits and industry events across the country for well over a decade, and both he and his business have been featured multiple times in publications like FedEx ShipSource® and MBC Today. After years as a contributing writer and columnist for MBC Today, he’s now the industry-leading magazine’s editor and producer; his business advice column, Ask Uncle Marty™, is a favorite among readers.

Marty counts it a true privilege to serve as a voice, influencer, and mentor in his communities and the unique, ever-changing retail shipping and business center industry. 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, and gratitude. 

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