Mart GreenMart Green began his retail career in the home of his parents as a youth. With $600 his family started Hobby Lobby in their living room, now a chain of over 385 hobby, arts and crafts stores. At 19, Mart established Mardel, a chain of Christian and educational supply stores. Mardel, headquartered in Oklahoma City, has 26 stores in six states.
January 2005, Christian Retailing named Mart Green one of the Top Fifty People who have most impacted and shaped Christian retailing in the last half century.
In addition to growing his business, Mart is Founder and Chairman of Bearing Fruit Communications that produced the documentary Beyond the Gates of Splendor. Commissioned at a June 1998 meeting of the National Forum of Bible Agencies, it won the 2002 Heartland Film Festival Crystal Heart Award and Audience Favorite Documentary Award
Bearing Fruit Communications recently changed its name to EthnoGraphic Media (EGM), a non-profit scripture engagement company charged with "creating media to excite young people about living the Bible." EGM's current production is Miss HIV.
June 2002, visionary Mart Green founded and is Executive Producer/CEO for Every Tribe Entertainment, a full feature film production company. Their movie End of the Spear released to theaters in January 2006 and won the grand prize award at The Heartland Film Festival. In May 2007 the soundtrack won the Dove Award for Instrumental Album. Millions in the U.S. viewed it with great impact, and it is now being shown in many countries around the world.
With Mart Green's outstanding success in retail, he brings sound business sense and a strong commitment to the story in each of the films. "This Book is Alive" best describes Mart's motto. His passion is to shape culture through the true stories we tell through film.
Mart has been married to his wife, Diana, for 25 years. They are the parents of 4 children: Brent, 23; Tyler, 21; Scott, 19; and Amy 17.