Class VII (2011)
Charles Martin Wender (known to most as "Marty") is well known for his achievements and vision. Marty Wender, a Fort Worth native, began his San Antonio business career in 1969, upon graduating from the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin and marrying San Antonio native Rene Lynn Mandel.
Marty Wender's business real estate development projects in San Antonio include the 3,500 acre Westover Hills development, one of the country's premier, mixed use, large scale, master-planned, developments; Fawn Meadow in the South Texas Medical Center; and Crownridge at IH 10 West and Camp Bullis Road.
Marty was selected as one of five "Visionaries" by the San Antonio Business Journal special section entitled "A Century of Business" for his vision and accomplishments in his revitalization of the City's west side and his Westover Hills Development. Westover Hills has become home to Sea World of Texas, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort Hotel, Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q, Maxim Integrated Products, Wells Fargo Operations Center, and the Alamo Colleges Northwest Vista Campus. QVC Network, Inc., The American Funds Group/Capital Group Companies, Nationwide Insurance, and numerous other major companies have built corporate campuses in Westover Hills. Additionally, Westover Hills is home to six major data center facilities, including Microsoft and Valero.
Marty is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He is the 2012 Chairman of the Board of the Alamo Public Telecommunications Council and a graduate of the Masters Leadership Program of San Antonio and Bexar County. Marty was the 2002 Chairman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; and was a member of "Team Toyota" that helped lure Toyota to San Antonio. Marty served on the Board of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation; the Board of the San Antonio Medical Foundation; the University of Texas Health Science Development Board, and many others. Additionally, Marty is a member of the University of Texas Chancellor's Council; the University of Texas Longhorn Advisory Council; and the University of Texas at San Antonio Business Advisory Council.
Marty Wender has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions because of his achievements, his devotion and service to the community and his vision for the future of San Antonio and Texas. Marty's willingness to try the untried and his insistence on quality are his hallmarks.