He’s worn many hats in the corporate world throughout his career, including Senior Vice President of Key Bank and Chief Operating Director of Unified Merchant Services, but Martin Uhle ’85 wears a much bigger hat these days.
At the age of 41, Uhle is the newest president and partner of one of Cleveland’s largest insurance and financial services companies, Vantage Financial Group Inc. As president, Uhle will manage the firm’s sectors in finance, operations and strategy execution, working closely with the company’s founder and CEO, George G. Szeretvai.
“It’s exciting to join a larger business. I’m glad to be here,” said Uhle, once the chief operating officer of Heartland Payment Systems Inc. based in Princeton, N.J. “I enjoy providing a solid support system for sales production.”
Entrepreneurial positions are what Uhle deems as being most fitting, allowing him to apply creativity to problem solving. Uhle has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of financial services, beginning his career in banking and eventually moving to payment processing.
Uhle helped found the Heartland Payroll Company, a subsidiary of Heartland Payment Systems Inc. As a member of Vantage Financial Group’s Board of Directors, he is the company’s second-largest shareholder with 25 percent equity.
A multi-generational Lambda Chi Alpha, Uhle graduated from Wittenberg with a degree in business administration and later earned his master’s in business from Baldwin Wallace College in 1988.
Uhle commends his undergraduate experience and credits Lowell Stockstill, professor of management, for helping him gain valuable skills applicable throughout his career. He notes group management projects, in which he worked with the city of Washington Courthouse and Rollins Moving and Storage, a Springfield-based company, as being particularly memorable.
“These were very important events in my academic career,” he said. “Both provided unique opportunities to interact with real-world situations.
“The things I learned are still fresh in my mind. I can literally still remember the conference room presentations and the problems we were reviewing.”