College of Business Honors Edward A. Martin with 2013 Kirkland Award

Published: March 26, 2013

College of Business Honors Edward A. Martin with 2013 Kirkland Award

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has named Edward A. Martin as the 2013 recipient of the G. Russell Kirkland Distinguished Visitor in Business administration Award.

Martin, President and CEO of Berry Contracting, Inc., a multi-discipline construction, fabrication, and maintenance company headquartered in Corpus Christi, will speak to students, faculty, and the community on Wednesday, April 17, at 9:30 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the University campus.

Martin is the 14th recipient of the annual award that was created in 2000 to honor Kirkland’s distinguished service to the University, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Recipients are chosen for their personal accomplishments and contributions to the success of students, faculty, the University, and the Corpus Christi community.

During his time at Berry Contracting, the company has expanded to more than 3,500 employees and now operates internationally with facilities in Corpus Christi; Houston; Morgan City, La.; New Orleans, La.; Billings, Mont.; Calgary, Alberta; Tampico, Mexico; and Barranquilla, Colombia. 

The company provides services to industries involved in refining, chemical and petrochemical manufacturing, gas processing and transmission, offshore exploration and production, power generation, and refined products storage and transmission. Bay Ltd., which is owned by Berry, also provides infrastructure improvements such as roads, highways and bridges.  Martin has helped expand a culture of safety at Bay Ltd., as the company currently has one of the best safety records in its industry, and its “People Caring for People's Safety” program is one of its signature accomplishments.

Martin served five terms on the Corpus Christi City Council and more than 10 years on the Regional Economic Development Corporation. He is a member of the Advisory Board for International Bank of Commerce and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Texas State Aquarium. During his tenure on the City Council, the development and securing of an alternate water supply was one of the prime accomplishments.