Alex Martinez-Arpin is the Founder and Principal of Versatil Group, a Houston- based firm that provides clients with public relations and marketing, business development, project partnership, and fundraising for philanthropic and political causes.
Alex is a long-time community activist with an enthusiastic, charismatic personality who has provided leadership in education, diversity and equality for organizations for nearly twenty years. He is recognized throughout the community by elected officials, business, social and non-profit organization leaders for his passion and ability to get things done.
Alex was born and raised in beautiful Monterrey, Mexico. He attended the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec de Monterrey), one of the most prestigious private universities in Latin America, where he earned a BS in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Physics. Following graduation he was an international sales representative and export sales manager for Union Carbide Mexicana and CYDSA, focusing on the sale of polymers and ethylene oxide derivatives, before entering education as a physics professor. Alex emigrated to the US in 1994 and taught in public schools for 12 years as well as professional development for teachers in science education realizing the need to help those who are in need but without financial resources
As a founding member of a non-profit organization, Alex gained insights into the methods and importance of fundraising. The list of organizations he has participated in includes: The National Victory Fund, The Human Rights Campaign, The Houston Parks Board, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Camara de Empresarios Latinos, Leadership Houston, H.E.A.R.T., The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation, Houston Equal Rights Alliance, AIDS Foundation Houston, Out for Education, The Hispanic Heritage Awards, The Denali Foundation, The UT Dental School Texas Taste Teaser and the Houston Consular Ball.
He has been recognized and received awards for his leadership in expanding diversity and inclusion programs for the national Human Rights Campaign; his educational leadership by being selected by Rice University to help teachers learn to teach science and math to elementary students; as the top national fundraiser for the national Victory Fund Board of Directors; and as a finalist of 135 nominees for the 2015 Fashion Icon of Houston award. He has been featured on television shows on Univision and ABC’s LiveWell Network.
Loving art, wellness, education, justice and equality, Alex adds the kind touch to impact his community on a daily basis. These characteristics are reflected after several years of hosting an annual school supply drive benefitting disadvantaged students. He founded Martinez-Arpin Foundation to focus on raising funds to provide a platform for advancement in education for economically disadvantaged youth who want to pursue studies and subsequent careers in ‘The Arts’ – in all areas of creative pursuit. These opportunities are aimed at lifting the youth out of poverty.