MART ENJOYS COLLABORATING AT CO-OP

Family time is important to Carroll White REMC’s newest employee, Geoffrey Mart.

When Geoffrey Mart began working at Carroll White REMC on Feb. 1, he was most excited to be part of a team where everyone pitches in and pulls together.

Though his official title is distribution system engineer, Mart is discovering that his job goes far beyond a myriad of engineering responsibilities. For Mart, the best part of his job is
collaborating with co-workers to solve problems. “I love the commitment to employee growth and development at CW REMC as that makes me feel like a valuable individual and
team member,” he said. “So far, the most unique thing about this work experience at REMC is considering how decisions impact our members… who happen to be your friends and
neighbors. It is a very community-minded job.”

Mart is quickly embracing the cooperative principles. “I want to be very approachable, have great customer service and help make the Carroll White REMC distribution grid perfect,” he said. His biggest job challenge so far? Comprehensively understanding the REMC’s electrical system. “Armed with that, I’ll be able to help make necessary improvements,” Mart said.

Mart graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology in December 2009. Early on his career path, he worked at Girtz Industries in Monticello where he helped design and build diesel genset-based electric power modules. Prior to joining CW REMC, Geoffrey worked at Leman Engineering and Consulting in Brookston where he helped design and commission low and medium voltage switchgear. “It was a great experience as that job sent me to many unique locations throughout North America,” Mart said.

SMALL TOWN GUY

Now living in Chalmers, Mart loves small town living and speaks highly of his hometown, Bedford, Indiana. He was one of four siblings to grow up there. 

“Growing up, I had several jobs: a paper route, worked at Bob Evans, Mills Market Grocery Store, as well as doing other neighborhood jobs,” Mart said.

At Bedford North Lawrence High School, he enjoyed running track and field, as well as cross country. “I liked being outdoors a lot,” Mart said.
“Monroe Reservoir and the Hoosier National Forest are right next door. We did a lot of camping, hiking and fishing growing up.” He also played basketball.

While at Purdue University, Geoffrey met his soulmate, Ashley (Isenberg), who he married in 2011. Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education/early intervention at Purdue.

The couple has six children: Jonathan,9; Leah, 7; Michael, 6; Beniah, 5; Rachel, 3; and Titus, 6 months. “Our family enjoys spending time together,” he said. “In the warmer months, we
spend time gardening, riding bikes and enjoying the outdoors.” Mart tries to watch Purdue basketball games on TV, although his kids prefer LEGO movies.

The Mart family is very involved in Upper Room Christian Fellowship in West Lafayette. Mart’s favorite Bible verse and life philosophy is “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others
above yourselves, not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of others.” That philosophy perfectly aligns with the cooperative’s mission — serving others.

RECOMMENDED READ

Geoffrey Mart and his family are avid readers. “The Boys in the Boat”

Geoffrey Mart and wife Ashley
pose with their six children.

by Daniel James Brown, one of Mart’s recent reads, is also one of his favorite books. It focuses on the 1936 Olympic gold medal-winning
University of Washington men’s rowing team. “In addition to being an incredible story, it is fun to read about the foreign and domestic events
surrounding the team during that period of history,” Mart said. “Make sure you have enough time carved out to read it, because the story will pull
you in as if you were in the boat!”