ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. SOME ARE BUILT BETTER.
Miguel Salazar Martinez is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist born in Fort Worth, Texas. Miguel's first experiences as an entrepreneur and in philanthropy both began at the age of 13. His first entrepreneurial venture was as an independent contractor for the Temple Daily Telegram waking up at 4:30am to deliver newspapers on his bicycle to his customers by 6am. Miguel's first experience with philanthropy was volunteering at the Olin E. Teague Veteran's Center in Temple, Texas where he received special recognition for volunteering more than 300 hours in one summer. As the eldest son of two high school dropouts, Miguel's parents’ biggest ambition for him was to graduate high school. A 1987 graduate of Temple High School, Miguel had bigger ambitions and worked various jobs to put himself through college part-time for nine years until he achieved his goal of graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Psychology. Miguel was the only paternal grandchild of eight to graduate from college and only one of three out of more than 30 maternal grandchildren to do so.
After college graduation, Miguel started as a local marketing coordinator in Wichita Falls, Texas and in only three years worked his way up to ultimately achieving a statewide position in Austin, Texas as Director of Marketing and Fund Development managing all statewide efforts in 254 counties for Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (TXCASA). During those years he led awareness campaigns with First Lady Laura Bush, Actress Sheree J. Wilson and Author Dave Pelzer. Miguel also developed and managed fund development and cause marketing campaigns with Southwest Airlines, Bank of America, USAA, AT&T, Central Market, Whataburger, American Airlines and Wells Fargo. As a member of the Philanthropy in Texas committee he helped coordinate their quarterly meetings and annual award dinners and was able to build relationships with Texas' leading political, business and philanthropic leaders and families. From these relationships Miguel discovered his passion to make a difference in people’s lives and work with others to make the world a better place. Building relationships, sales and marketing were natural for him and he decided to use these skills to pursue endeavors in entrepreneurship and helping others.
As an entrepreneur, Miguel has owned a mortgage franchise, a coaching business, three fitness clubs, two restaurants, a medical spa, a food truck, and various online businesses. As a busy entrepreneur he would still set aside time to mentor others in starting their businesses, help sponsor various charitable events such as the Black-Tie Dinner and Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) and compete in bodybuilding ultimately achieving his status as an IFBB Pro Athlete in men's physique.
In 2018, Miguel sold all his brick-and-mortar assets and interests as he prepared to turn 50 years old and wanted more freedom to pursue creative interests in writing a book about his proven holistic principles and pursue his life-time fascination with horror movies by writing, directing and producing his own horror film. Miguel also continues his love for mind, body and energy coaching as well as his passion for pursuing business ventures that interest him personally through his long-held company Salmar Capital Ventures (SCV). Currently, SCV is working on two new start-up ventures including an organic Tequila brand in honor of his late father and a PRP/HRT age management and primary care clinic for men. Miguel also plans to continue his passion for philanthropy and start exploring opportunities to enter politics by age 60. Prior to entering politics, Miguel plans to write a book about his philosophy and principles regarding healthcare, education, immigration, race, poverty, economics, crime, abortion, international relations, climate change, philanthropy, religion and human rights. This book will serve as his platform and launch into politics.
Miguel states, “I can remember pursuing what I've wanted since I was five years old and I have no end goal in sight. I love feeling and learning from all the emotions of pursuing what I want in life and helping others increase their awareness to do the same. I plan to live, love, learn, improve and be thankful for my journey every day until the hour I pass on to the next journey.
Miguel resides in Dallas, Texas with his two rescue dogs, Bandit and Barkley.