Dr. Daren Martin was born in Louisiana but spent most of his growing up years in Bangkok, Thailand. He started an and ran his own company while working on his Master’s degree and eventually his PhD in Psychology. After 20 years of running his own business he sold his company and began consulting Fortune 500 companies on Leadership, Company Culture, Sales Psychology and other topics. He has three grown children and was recently remarried.

Dr. Daren Martin is the author of the bestselling A Company of Owners: Maximizing Employee Engagement and the hand drawn/written Whiteboard: Business Models That Inspire Action, as well as Beached Whale: Learning to Swim in the New Ocean and The Sink. A Company of Owners has been called, “The best book I have read since Good to Great” by several C Level Executives. Whiteboard is being published in Thailand and was a favorite of the late great Leonard Cohen.

Dr. Martin’s thought leadership and change strategies in transforming companies earned him the title The Culture Architect. He acts as a Trusted Advisor to business leaders at companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small businesses to create Owner Cultures.

You can hear his business musings on his podcast The Daren Martin Show.


Combining humor, thought provoking content, and a dynamic and engaging presentation style, Daren’s transformational speaking has inspired audiences to action all over the world.

Dr. Martin researches each audience so that when he takes the stage he is ready to have a live real time conversation with everyone present. He does NOT use Power Point opting instead for stories, research, and compelling content, that leaves his audience actually doing things he talks about and applying his message for months to come.


Dr. Martin coaches leaders, executives, and people at all levels to implement the internal and external tools and resources that will propel them to maximum performance. He uses wisdom and techniques gleaned from his PhD in Psychology, running his own business, and providing performance coaching for leaders all over the world for 30 years.

Best speaker we have had at the Harvard Business School Club.
– John Casey - Managing Director / John Casey & Associates
Daren Martin is one of our absolute go to speakers. He is a delight to work with and this is the kind of feedback we get … • One of the best keynotes I’ve heard in years. Great takeaways for business and life! • Daren crushed this talk. It was the highlight of the event! • If I could give his presentation 10 stars, I would.
– Kathryn Martini - Content Manager / Evanta a Gartner Company
Daren Martin was outstanding at getting and holding the attention of 200 plus egotistical business consultants/coaches for 3 plus hours. His message is fresh, practical and can be applied by all sizes of business owners in all industries and professions. I gave his book to all of my clients for Christmas and 5 months later they are still talking about the real-world ideas they are applying.
– John Meetz - President / The Alternative Board® South Central Kansas (TAB)
Daren's humor, passion and insight electrified our family of franchisees. His message was applicable and something that was rated as extremely useful by the franchisees. He was the highest ranked speaker of the meeting and they are asking for him to return!
– Arlene Johnston - Co-Founder & VP of Concept Development Burger 21 International Inc.
Daren Martin was the most involved and engaged speaker we have ever had the pleasure of working with. He’s a class act in every way and I can’t think of a single thing that he could have done better!
– Chrissy VanderWyde - Director of Franchise Relations / PuroSystems, LLC
Daren Martin was one of the best keynotes we have had to date. He truly immersed himself into the fabric of our convention, attending events before and after his presentation. We were all impressed with Daren’s effort to understand our culture and objectives for this event. Daren was wonderfully authentic and present which made the entire experience a pleasure. I wholeheartedly recommend Daren for anyone on the hunt for a great keynote!
– Steve White - President & COO / PuroSystems, LLC
Daren is an engaging, thoughtful and brain stimulating speaker! I highly recommend Daren for his perspective, insights and his ability for rewiring your same old thinking patterns.
– Scott Peoples - US Soybean Licensing Lead / Bayer Crop Science
Daren Martin you Rock! I haven't enjoyed hearing a speaker so much in quite some time. I have never seen a speaker engage the audience so well and receive 100% participation at such a high energy level.
– Lori Ashmore Peters - Attorney and Co-owner of The Ashmore Law Firm, P.C.
Cobalt has won the JD Power award for excellence in customer satisfaction every time our segment has been measured. We pride ourselves on customer care. Your session "from sales person to trusted adviser" - was a perfect fit for our dealer network and their sales teams. From seasoned veteran to our first year guys - everyone loved the message and they walked out of the room with great confidence and enthusiasm. Your message will drive success in our dealerships, because Cobalt dealers are truly the "TRUSTED ADVISERS" in the boating industry, and you have helped improve our team.
– Gavan Hunt - VP Sales and Marketing / Cobalt Boats
I would put your class up there with the first time I read the 7 Habits in terms of having an impact on my thinking. I’ll be digesting these principles for many years!
– Jeremy Meadows - Sr. Risk Analyst / Alliance Data
Daren is an excellent communicator who has a knack for connecting with his audience. His teachings delivered immediate benefit to the way we deliver projects.
– Dave Harvey - VP / Southwest Airlines
Daren is a great presenter. It’s difficult to teach first of all, but also to be interesting, enthusiastic, humorous, etc. for 2 straight days. Daren kept the mood up and maintained attention.
– Alliance Data Class Participant

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