The keys to success and the value of a transformed city center were among the topics in play at this month’s One on One session between Robbie Steele Martin and Mike Gibson.
Martin oversees the bid process and negotiates commercial contracts for good and services procured by Alabama Power. Prior to her move to the corporate world, she practiced law for 10 years in the areas of employment litigation, commercial transactions, and insurance defense. Martin is a product of the Birmingham School System, having graduated from Ramsay High School. She received her Juris Doctor with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, and received her B.A. in public administration, cum laude, from Samford University.
Martin and her husband, Verdel, have been happily married for 15 years and have two children: Jonathan David, age 13, and Kaitlyn Gwenneth, age 11. She is very active in her church, local community, and the lives of many young people. Martin is the 2015 Junior Achievement USA Alumnus of the year and has a college scholarship named in her honor. She is also the 2013 recipient of the Stan Roberson Memorial Award given by Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham for outstanding commitment to Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement of Alabama is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. She sits on the board of Faith Development Corporation and Essentials, Skills for Life and is the chair of the Junior Board of Junior Achievement of Alabama. She enjoys giving back to her community through motivational talks to youth groups. Recently, Martin launched her own Christian blog, Because of Grace.
Gibson is the president and architect of Appleseed Workshop and is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. A graduate of Auburn University, Gibson received a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s in city planning. A self-proclaimed “modern preservationist,” Gibson is commonly known as the “big idea” man at Appleseed Workshop, where his focus is on the big-picture planning. His love for Birmingham’s wealth of good architectural material has been the inspiration behind some of the city’s most transformative recent downtown projects, such as El Barrio, Whittier Lofts, Revelator Coffee, Kinetic Communications, and Dog Days of Birmingham.
As the firm is fond of saying, they build cool things in unexpected places.
Gibson lives in Homewood with his wife, Brooke, and their two children, Iris and Jude. His hobbies include working out at Iron Tribe and bird hunting.
Watch the video below for the full conversation between Martin and Gibson.