Martin Melaver

Martin Melaver is a principal and founder of Melaver McIntosh. From 1992 – 2009, Martin served as CEO of Melaver, Inc., a real estate business devoted solely to sustainable principles and practices.

Martin received a BA from Amherst College. He holds a Masters and PhD from Harvard University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. He is a past Fulbright scholar to Tel Aviv University, a recipient of a Mellon fellowship to Jesus College, Cambridge University, and a Lady Davis Fellowship to Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is the author of Living Above the Store and The Green Building Bottom Line. He has been a featured/keynote speaker at numerous conferences and guest lecturer at Harvard, Dartmouth, and other academic institutions. Martin as well as his former company have been the recipient of several dozen local, regional and national awards for work in the area of sustainable real estate, including the prestigious Argon award for visionary leadership of the environment.

Martin is the immediate past board chair of the Georgia Conservancy, is on the national board of COEJL, on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center, and is a board member of the Ossabaw Island Foundation and the Savannah Country Day School.

The Opportunity Central Speaker Series is a unique cultural and economic development forum that is intended to highlight diverse opinions, provide insight and spur fascinating discussions on a broad scope of issues and topics that could have an impact on Valdosta-Lowndes County’s ability to grow higher income jobs. Past speakers have included world-renowned author Charles Landry and creative economy experts Peter Kageyama formerly with Creative Tampa Bay, Chris Miller with Illuminomics and Christian Sottile, a professor at Savannah College of Art and Design and principal of Sottile & Sottile Urban Design.