About CAVU Founder Chris Martin
June 17, 2014
To whom it may concern:
This is to enthusiastically speak up for and recommend Christopher Martin both as a person and as a professional.
I have known Chris for more than fifteen years. At CBS News we worked together on many different stories in many different places--in the U.S. and overseas. He worked with me and under my direct supervision for much of that time, and in the course of this, we became friends as well as close colleagues. Since leaving CBS News (in Chris’s case it was to take a much better paying job with considerably more responsibility and more opportunity for advancement), we have remained close.
As a person, Chris is honest, trustworthy, loyal and compassionate; he is a caring husband, father and friend. As a professional, he is exceptionally hard-working, he has limitless creativity and he has a relentless focus on quality. He also has world-class experience and a justified reputation for exceeding expectations. One of his many outstanding traits is that he works with unusual passion and commitment. Whatever he undertakes--in business or otherwise—few, if any, will match and none will exceed Chris’s absolute dedication and drive to get it done, and get it done right.
He has my highest personal and professional recommendation, which I do not give often and never give lightly.
Dan Rather / Journalist
"I've had the pleasure of working with Chris Martin for many years. We first met at The Oprah Show and I was lucky enough to be one of the very first people to work with Chris on a big project. It was the start of a long standing professional and personal friendship with an outstanding human being. Since then we've worked together in many capacities across several companies.
There are lots of things I can tell you about Chris. Sure, if you've met him you know he's just about the nicest guy you'll ever meet. Genuine, sincere and honest. I challenge you to contemplate how many people you know with those character traits. Chris is a true gentlemen. Again.. you probably already know this if you spent more than 5 minutes with him.
He's thoughtful, professional and loaded with experience. You don't work where he's worked, for as long as he has and not come out the other side with a boatload of knowledge. What I think is so amazing about Chris is that, not only does he take all of his amazing experiences with him, but he's also smart enough to learn by watching what happens around. Sometimes that mean learning what not to do next time. I like that. He's very perceptive. He brings that perceptive knowledge to every job.
Lastly, and as a Creative Director who has worked with him and his team on many occasions, Chris allows people to do their job. He doesn't micro-manage a situation or project. He finds the right people for the gig, and let's them do what they do well. Obvious to some, maybe. But it's what I believe Chris does best. It's not simply allow the people you hire to run off the rails and do whatever they want. Chris' management style puts the person he's working with in a safe, comfortable place where they can excel. When things are not as he likes, his gentle nudges to always get the project back on track, right where he wants it.
I've enjoyed every minute working with Chris and I only hope that we will continue to work on many more projects together into the future."
Business and Creative Development
"Chris Martin is one of the most creative, inventive, and friendly people I've ever had the pleasure of working with. A fantastic producer and all around maven of the cool and the new."
Dr. Cornelia Griggs, Surgery, Massachussetts General Hospital
"Do you have anything in common with Oprah, Dr. Oz and Dan Rather? No? But you can if you work with Chris Martin and CAVU Media. Chris will exceed your expectations when he serves as your creative and video solution partner. Chris is a "must call" person if you wish to take your communication strategy to the next level."
Founder and President of Peloton Coaching and Consulting
"I worked on a video for a Kickstarter campaign with Chris earlier this year. The video turned out amazing and the process of working with Chris and his team felt effortless. The video completely carried the Kickstarter project and we ended up far surpassing our goal and were successfully funded by over 150%! Chris is an incredibly easy person to work with. He brings his knowledge and expertise, but will always listen and loves to collaborate whenever possible. He's in it to do great work, and it's obvious he only employs great people. I'd jump at the opportunity to work with him and his team again."
New Product Development