Chris was born in Torrance, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles, and after completing high school he attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2003, Chris launched his sales career with Pitney Bowes Global Mailing Solutions. He quickly moved from a Sales Executive to a Management position where he became one of the youngest Sales Managers in the country.
In January 2007, Chris’s life was changed forever when his Dad died of pancreatic cancer. Within a month of his diagnosis, Chris’s Dad died surrounded by his family in their condo. Following this sad and unfortunate event, Chris decided to leave behind the corporate world and pursue his dream of launching a regional soccer magazine called “FFI Soccer Magazine”. Looking back, Chris now jokingly talks about how it was the worst time in modern history to launch a print magazine and after 2 years of publishing, Chris decided to close the business. Massive amounts of debt accompanied the closing of this business, but eventually Chris was able to pay off his debts and start over. Despite the hardship, Chris sees this failure as being one of the most important lessons he has ever learned.
Soon after FFI, Chris Martinez decided to teach himself web design through the use of YouTube videos. Eventually he furthered his education in the online world by learning everything he could about online marketing. This soon led to a sales position with ReachLocal Inc and then a position as the Online Advertising Manager for two Los Angeles-based newspapers.
In 2012, Chris Martinez launched WebsiteIn5Days.com to provide solopreneurs and small business owners custom websites and online support to help them grow their businesses online. The rest, as they say, is history.
As the current CEO for WebsiteIn5Days.com, Chris is responsible for setting the direction of WebsiteIn5Days.com and also managing the sales and marketing initiatives that drive new customer acquisition, up-sell opportunities with existing customers, and client retention.
Chris is also very passionate about his involvement with the cancer mentorship charity “Walk With Sally”. Since 2012, Chris Martinez has been a mentor to a 16-year-old young man named Patrick who lost his mother to cancer.
In addition to running WebsiteIn5Days.com, Chris is also a Speaker, Marketing Consultant, Sales Trainer, Online Video Producer, and in May 2014, Chris Martinez published his first book entitled “It’s Not JUST A Website: The Small Business Owner’s Blueprint for Taking Your Business Online” which soon became an Amazon #1 Bestseller.
Chris currently resides in San Diego, CA with his Golden Retriever, Nola.