Savannah, Ga.—The Georgia Southern University Alumni Association “40 Under 40” Class of 2021 was recently recognized at a ceremony here at the J.W. Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District. The annual honor recognizes young alumni who have made significant strides in business, leadership, community, educational or philanthropic endeavors.
“We are so thankful to be gathered here together to celebrate Georgia Southern University, and to recognize the exemplary alumni it has produced,” said Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Leslie Smith and Georgia Southern alumnus. “Their success, excellence, character and values represent the best of us, and they remind us of our University mission: to think, lead, teach and serve, and to give our students the tools and opportunities that will change the trajectory of their lives.”
The “40 Under 40” honorees were chosen by a selection committee that reviewed each individual’s professional expertise, achievements, dedication to charitable and community initiatives as well as their commitment to Georgia Southern. One recipient was Josh Martenn, currently president and director of sales at Biyork, a Columbus, Ga.-based company specializing in millwork and flooring. Martenn was credited with building the sales operations at Biyork from the ground up and growing the business significantly in a few short years. Prior to his current position, he served as vice president, North American sales and business development at CFL Flooring. Martenn also held positions with Vitromex, Marazzi and Lees Carpets.
“Georgia Southern wants to be a source for sales professionals in the flooring industry, given their location in the state of Georgia,” Martenn said.
Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers approximately 140 different degree programs serving approximately 27,000 students through 10 colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville, plus online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.
“Each year we recognize the best and brightest among us, and each year we are continually impressed with the excellence of each class,” said Alton Standifer, Alumni Association president (‘12 ‘14). “This year is no exception. Georgia Southern alumni occupy some of the highest positions in state government, industry and businesses, and in education and healthcare. We’re known for getting things done—for making a difference.”