BY JANET SCHEFFER – Our community lost a wonderful friend and supporter last week, Pete Martinez, founder and president of EBizHawaii.com founded in 1994. Pete was born in San Francisco, CA on June 20, 1945. He is survived by his siblings Pamela Whatley, Glenn Martinez, Nina Haskett and Nieces and Nephews: Laura Whatley, Cheryl Whatley, Wade Whatley, Robin Simao, Daniel Motta, Shane-Jason Haskett, Aaron Haskett, Elizabeth Haskett, Benjamin Haskett, Daniel Haskett, Cynthia Le and his Aunt, Grace Penton and multiple cousins. Pete graduated from Ohio State University and served 4 years in the Air Force. Before Pete founded EBizHawaii.com he was the Owner of Desktop Publishing and Printing in Hawaii; Owner of a professional search firm in Columbus Ohio.
Pete was a pioneer in Hawaii and beyond, in the areas of Web Site design, development and marketing. His vast involvement in business and marketing associations here in the islands included memberships and various board positions in HEA, SMEI, Hawaii Society of Business Professionals past president 2004-2005, American Advertising Federation and the Hawaii Science & Technology Council. He was instrumental in helping these trade associations develop their very first websites and Internet marketing strategies, which he refined over the past two decades, helping Hawaii’s business community prosper and thrive within a global and ever-changing marketplace. The mark he has left on Hawaii’s business community will be ever-lasting.He was an avid windsufer, a member of the “Hawaiian Ultra Running Team” and also enjoyed hiking and kayaking. When Al Gore invented the Internet…Pete invented the website ……he will be sorely missed, may he rest in peace.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 28th at 5:30 PM at First Park in Kailua (The Park behind Kalapawai Market) – Tents will be visible from the parking lot.