Alumnus of the Year Award
Congratulations to Robbie Steele Martin, the first-ever winner of the JA Alumnus of the Year Award. In addition to receiving an award plaque from JA, she will have a $5,000 college scholarship in her name given to a current JA student.
During her legal career, Robbie led several employment defense litigation teams for high profile multi-plaintiff lawsuits. She successfully argued before the Alabama Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She also was recognized as up and coming trial attorney. During her successful career as a trial attorney, she authored several published legal articles.
She now serves as a contract agent and negotiator for Alabama Power Company (APC) where she has been recognized for outstanding leadership on three different occasions, in three different departments, holding three different positions. During her busy career at APC, she still made time to give her time and skills to JA, thinking of innovative ways to help lead and grow APC's participation in the JA Bowling Classic. She also received the Junior Achievement Stan Roberson Memorial Award, an award that is given to a volunteer who displays exceptional character, compassion, leadership and philanthropy toward Junior Achievement.
Robbie is a motivational speaker for students and young women's groups. She also writes an encouraging and motivational blog called Because of Grace. Of all her accomplishments, her proudest is being a wife and a mother of two children: a son who is 13, and a daughter who is 11.
Prior to her participation in the JA program as a student, Robbie characterized herself as a shy girl who enjoyed being in the background. However, that quickly came to an end through her participation in Junior Achievement. Encouraged by her JA Company Program® advisor, she was given many public speaking opportunities. She attributes her success as a trial attorney, mediator and now contract negotiator to her JA experience.
Some of the skills she attributes to her JA participation are confidence to verbally express her opinions and thoughts, positive innovative thinking, critical problem solving, and teamwork. She will tell you that JA taught her to positively craft and share her thoughts with an audience.
Robbie spent three years as a high school student in the after school JA Company Program. During that time she had the opportunity to serve as Vice President of Mid-America for Junior Achievement, attending the Canadian JA Conference as a delegate and visiting the JA National Office in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Robbie is currently serving as the chairperson for the Junior Board of Junior Achievement of Alabama. She also recently served as Bowling Company Coordinator for Alabama Power Company, leading nearly 30 teams to raise funds for JA.