|Meet the Director|
Growing up in South Africa, when Martin Lindenberg headed to the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, he decided to study Computer Science and Mathematical Statistics. Graduating with honors, he went to medical school at his alma mater. Handling the course load of a medical student during the day, he started taking MBA courses at night. When he graduated with an M.B.B.Ch. (equivalent to a U.S. M.D.), Dr. Lindenberg came to the proverbial fork in the road. He could go further with his medical studies, a path he was familiar with, or go down the unknown road and finish his MBA. After watching his father, a businessman and entrepreneur, build a family-owned clothing business from 20 to 500 employees, he chose the path that led to completing his MBA in Marketing, Strategy and General Management at the University of Witwatersrand.
In July 2016, Dr. Martin Lindenberg joined the University of Saint Thomas, Houston as the Director of The McNair Center for Free Enterprise & Entrepreneurship. With 30 plus years history of business and leadership experience domestically & internationally, Lindenberg has an impressive track record in the entrepreneurial arena. He has personally grown 11 businesses, and invested in and consulted to over a dozen. He has been a key player in starting six medical technology companies: two becoming public and three profitably sold later to larger companies. He has a proven track record in executive and board leadership, varying from family enterprises to Fortune 300 corporations.
From 1997 to 1998, Dr. Lindenberg was the Founding Chairman and then continued as a Board member until 2014 of the Houston Technology Center, noted by Forbes as “One of the Ten Incubators Changing the World.” From 2004 to 2010, he was a Co-founder & President of Fannin Innovation Studio, which is an early-stage life sciences development group focused on commercializing innovations developed in the Texas Medical Center institutions. From 2014 to 2016, he was a Professor of Entrepreneurship at The Bauer College of Business at The University of Houston.
Martin Lindenberg has been a door-to-door salesman, a student leader, a camp counselor, a computer scientist, physician, teacher, mentor, developer of medical products and pharmaceuticals, businessman, non-profit leader and board member. Besides the accomplishment of delivering a baby on a 747 flying from Johannesburg to London, he believes his greatest achievements and blessings have been raising his children and being married to his best friend for over 36 years.