Alumni Profile: Martin Trust ME’56

Alumni Profile: Martin Trust ME’56

Martin Trust received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 1956, and his Master’s degree in Industrial Management from the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was an Associate Professor at Lowell University from 1959 to 1965.

Martin Trust is the President of Samtex (USA), LLC. Samtex which is a holding company that owns equity positions in companies that manufacture apparel and other products related to the clothing industry.

Formerly, Martin Trust was President and Chief Executive Officer of Mast Industries, Inc. and served on the Board of Directors of Limited Brands from 1978 until 2003.   He has served as Cleared Advisor to the United States Department of Commerce on textile trade issues and also served on the Trade Advisory Committee for Africa. In 1994, the Government of Sri Lanka recognized Mr. Trust’s long-standing involvement in the industrial development of Sri Lanka by naming him “Ranjana.”

Martin has served on the Boards of numerous civic, health care, and charitable organizations.  He served on The Cooper Union Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2013.

Martin Trust received the CUAA Gano Dunn Award in 1997 and the CUAA Alumnus of The Year Award in 2013.  He was inducted into The Cooper Union Hall of Fame in 2009.



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