For Momentum continues its Take 5 blog series with Marty Posch, President of Finish Line Youth Foundation. We ask Marty five questions that will help you learn more about Finish Line, the cause community, and Marty himself.
Marty Posch has been in his current role at Finish Line for just over 2 years. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director, Finish Line Youth Foundation for over 6 years. Before joining Finish Line, Marty was the Assistant Community Relations Director for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Promotions Director for 92.3 WTTS. Let’s Take 5 with Marty!
Look into your crystal ball…what’s the next big thing in corporate philanthropy trends? I would like to see more direct collaboration between businesses to make a collective impact. Collaboration on a true high level with companies working together to create change in their community.
What’s the most amazing thing people should know about you or your job? When we are able to see a Special Olympics athlete, or a Make-a-Wish kid, or a child from a community center put on a new pair of shoes, it will make your heart melt. The way that a pair of shoes can make a difference for a kid is incredible. Giving them confidence, helping them compete, or just putting a smile on their face.
What do you wish people knew about Finish Line Youth Foundation? The impact that we are able to make through our brand. In our partnership with Special Olympics, it is stated that over 50% of athletes are wearing shoes that are either two sizes too big or small, causing a host of medical issues. Finish Line is able to play a direct role in helping these athletes through our brand partners, giving our athletes brand new shoes that actually fit them. Plus who doesn’t love a new pair of shoes!
What person has had the most influence on your cause career? A previous boss, Kelly Young, taught me how to lead with compassion, and most importantly, accountability. She also taught me not to take myself too seriously and that the work that we do is not only meaningful and challenging, but fun. She also taught me that true impact is made by taking risks.
What is the biggest challenge facing companies today when activating a national partnership at the local level? It isn’t just about doing good, but what are YOUR objectives? What do YOU need to get out of this partnership? The biggest challenge is getting that clearly stated with your partner organization from the beginning.
Five Fun Facts About Marty:
- Favorite App: Spotify or Ballz (currently addicted)
- Last Book Read: Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and 21st Century Corporate Citizenship
- Hobby: Running and laughing with my awesome daughter
- Favorite Place to Unwind: Locally a park, vacation – Riviera Maya
- Guilty Pleasure: Oh my God, it definitely is Phil Collins