Defense contractor Sydney Martin to lecture at DelVal

Oct 01, 2010

Sydney F. Martin, a highly successful Doylestown businessman who sold his company to Lockheed-Martin for $462 million, will lecture Oct. 19 at Delaware Valley College.

Martin will be on campus as part of the Watson Executive in Residence program.

His former company, The Sytex Group, Inc., was an information technology and technical support firm that had 3,000 employees world-wide. Sytex’ major client was the Defense Department and it specialized in counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence and information warfare. Martin, who started the company in 1988 and served as its president and CEO, contributed personally to many of these projects, primarily on systems analysis and design.

He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the National Defense University. His awards include the Order of St. Barbara (for exceptional work in artillery systems) and the Knowlton medal (for exceptional work in intelligence).

Martin, the ninth lecturer in the Watson series, will speak to students about his career and how he and his wife, Sharon, developed the concept for Sytex while sitting around their kitchen table. The lecture will be at 10:50 a.m. in the Moumgis Auditorium of the Student Center.

The Executive in Residence program began at DelVal in 2005 under the guidance of Thomas W. Watson, who continues to sponsor it. He is co-founder and vice chairman emeritus of Omnicom Group, Inc., a strategic holding company that manages a portfolio of global businesses. Watson also is dean of the company’s Omnicom University.

After the 2005 sale of Sytex, also known as TSGI, Martin retained a portion of his old company and renamed it Martin Enterprises Inc. In addition to areas such as information warfare and intelligence support, Martin Enterprises is the umbrella for ventures involved in commercial real estate, farming, timber, finance and philanthropy.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations and serves on many board and non-profit organizations, among them: The American Numismatic Society, The Heritage Conservancy, The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, the Doylestown Historical Society and the Bucks County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Martin resides with his wife in Doylestown, Pa. The couple has four children and four grandchildren.