Homeport Employee Profile: Josh Martin

Josh Martin

Josh Martin

Title: Asset Manager

Responsibilities: I coordinate, plan and monitor the operations and financial performance of 35 Homeport properties serving over 6,200 residents in 2,369 multi-family apartments and single family homes in Columbus, Grove City, Hilliard and Reynoldsburg. My job functions include risk management, benchmarking, budget review, capital planning and property re-positioning. I manage relationships with companies we contract for property management like Community Properties of Ohio and Wallick. I work closely with investors including NeighborWorks America, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), HUD and lending institutions.

A positive example of my work involved our Parkmead Apartments property, where I noticed an abnormal increase in the water bill. Property managers arranged inspections of sinks and toilets, the community water meter was changed, and a middle of the night meter reading was conducted. We even brought in sonar equipment for testing. Eventually we established individual apartment water meter reading equipment that would ultimately help us learn the problem was a sewer leak and not consumer consumption. The result: a $68,000 credit with the City of Columbus.

What do you like most about the organization?

I have been with Homeport a little over four years and what I like most about the organization is the passion each staff member brings to the organization. Some people are content with waking up going to work just to receive a paycheck. Coming here each day reminds me of how awesome a responsibility we have to provide one the most important aspects in life to a family, a home.

What have you done in your career that you are most proud of, or that people may not be aware of? 

In 2003, while working for OCCH’s property management company CPO, I played a significant role in the development of a neighborhood safety strategy called “Eliminate the Elements.” Based on community input and direction from property managers, Columbus Police Department officers beef up neighborhood patrols. Data is collected to determine the impact.  The steady pro-active street presence also allows officers to better know adults and children of a community.

Favorite things I do outside of work?

Cruising on a 2006 Harley Softail Deluxe

Cruising on a 2006 Harley Softail Deluxe

I am very proud that I am originally from Ashtabula, Ohio, the home of one of the greatest college football coaches in history -- The Urban Meyer!!

But I am not a sit at home type of guy for the most part. I prefer riding my Harley Davidson, fishing at Hoover Dam, Alum Creek or Buckeye Lake, and hanging out with my three sons Jacob and Brandon, 11, and Christian 13. 

My twins are into sports so we do a lot of that, and my oldest is a gamer so we spend time playing video games. On Mondays I take one of them out to get ice cream or something to eat so that they have some individual Dad time.