Change Consulting and Executive Coaching 

Martius Mission and Values

Martius Group provides critical change management and organizational development solutions that energize purpose, engage people and empower performance for private companies and non-profits dealing with difficult transition situations. Our name is inspired by the Campus Martius of Rome, where people have been connecting in communities of commerce and excellence for thousands of years. We serve our clients and communities guided by five core values:


  • Integrity - We work with ethical clarity and courage to do the right thing
  • Connection – We create opportunity by engaging and moving people to action
  • Wisdom - We apply talent and acumen with discerning care
  • Initiative - We dare to dream and discover fresh ways to deliver value
  • Achievement - We balance performance and play to produce excellence  

Martius Leadership

Joe Marzano is an accomplished business executive, educator, coach and nationally recognized expert on change management, organizational development, cultural engagement and personal communication practice.


As President of Martius Group LLC, Joe partners with private company and nonprofit governance boards and executive teams to assess, advise, coach and support them in developing strategic direction and leadership capacity. He specializes in public charter and private education, nonprofit management, entertainment, arts and culture, recreation, restaurant and hospitality, and professional services.


With over three decades of multi-sector experience in board and executive leadership, Joe has guided national and regional organizations through startup, growth, turnaround, transfer and crisis transition situations. After progressing from frontline sales and marketing to Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager roles with national organizations such as Time Inc and American Express, Joe served as president of several colleges and universities before founding Martius Group in 2013.


Joe has served as a board director for over a dozen organizations. He is a popular and thought provoking keynote speaker and strategic facilitator with corporate and special event audiences across the U.S., and has trained, coached and mentored hundreds of board members and executive leaders.


A seasoned world traveler and passionate culinary expert, Joe also creates and leads fun food-themed travel experiences for teams and private groups through his Cooking Commons® program.


Comments from clients and customers about Joe: 


  • “Joe came 100% prepared about our organization. He quickly, candidly and productively engaged staff and board members, and revealed our need to address strategic issues so we could move forward. Joe is a trusted on-call advisor, coach and friend who helped us find our direction.”
  • “Joe’s skillful, thoughtful and tactful leadership and facilitation of our senior staff and board planning process helped a group with divergent opinions coalesce around and focus on urgent and unappreciated priorities. We gained considerably from our work with Joe.”
  • "Joe was a skillful speaker to our large audience. Evaluations were overwhelmingly positive and participants were impressed with his content and delivery. We will partner again with Joe."
  • Joe's program was honest, from the heart. I learned a great deal."
  • "One of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers we've heard!”
  • "You have a wonderfully energetic and genuine style. You make what is overwhelming begin to feel easy!"
  • "Our audience was so engaged by Joe and his topic that they extended our 90 minute session another 45 minutes, and Joe willingly obliged!"
  • “An engaging, thought-provoking expert.”
  • “Thank you for your coaching to prepare me for my investor pitch, and helping me deliver it with confidence and conviction."
  • "It was refreshing to hear the 'people-first' attitude in building and maintaining relationships. Joe did an excellent job."
  • "Joe has a knack for seeing innovative ways to enhance our business."
  • "Joe designed our entire leadership training series to deliver a quality program. The sessions Joe presented were lively, entertaining and educational, and the feedback is uniformly positive."
  • "I have heard many seminar speakers, and I think you are one of the best."
  • “Your insightful work facilitating our strategic board retreat encouraged us to craft a clear future vision while renewing our commitment to our mission. Your expertise, enthusiasm and energy created an open forum that motivated staff and board to work together on new goals.”
  • "Our future was at risk until Joe helped us understand and act on critical changes to run our club better and attract profitable business. Our board has faced and is making hard decisions with Joe’s candid, caring guidance.”

Joseph Marzano

President and CEO

Business Leadership