The Society of Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Junior Achievement of Memphis, is pleased to announce that the 2021 recipient of the Master Entrepreneur Award is Jay Martin. The Master Entrepreneur Award will be presented to Jay Martin, CEO of Juice Plus on Saturday, May, 2021 at the Virtual 29th Awards Celebration to be aired at 7:00 PM on WKNO.
This esteemed honor is given to the member of the Society who best exemplifies the full range of characteristics: self-direction, determination, creativity, leadership, and integrity that are necessary for membership in the Society. This person is, in other words, a perfect example of the capacities, accomplishments, and breadth that result from the fullest development of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Jay Martin graduated from the University of Georgia in 1968 and moved to Memphis in 1969. Jay founded National Safety Associates (Juice Plus Co.) with $500 and has served as President and CEO since its inception. Juice Plus is a direct marketing company with 75,000 independent distributors in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. Juice Plus has current system wide sales of $425 million annually and has sales since inception of $12 billion. Juice Plus has 450 employees, primarily housed at corporate headquarters in Collierville, and a shipping facility in Memphis. Juice Plus Co. hosts two conventions a year with an average attendance of 5,000.
Jay Martin has served on the Board of Directors of Church Health Center, St. George’s Episcopal School, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis, Memphis Athletic Ministries, US Direct Selling Association and is a generous supporter of Boys and Girls Club, Church Health Center, St Jude (NSA sponsors St. Jude Marathon), Volunteers of America, United Way of Greater Memphis, Albert and Jessie Martin Scholarship (Established in 1985 to provides tuition supplements for 20 students in Yadkin Co. NC who wish to pursue a career in education.) Jay Martin also established the Boys and Girl-s Club of Greater Memphis, “Job Seeker” program with a $5 million dollar grant that helps train, motivate and place high school graduates from the Boys and Girls Club in meaningful jobs. The program currently serves 50 to 75 kids annually.
On behalf of The Society of Entrepreneurs and Junior Achievement of Memphis, congratulations to Jay Martin, recipient of the 2021 Master Entrepreneur Award.