Marty Johnson has been a small business owner since 2011, working alongside his outstanding team at Uncle Marty’s Shipping Office and serving as a co-founder of the Collegetown Small Business Alliance and an active member of the Tompkins Chamber.
In addition to being a shopkeeper and community leader, Marty volunteers as Director of Communication and Advisor to the Board for the Association of Mail & Business Centers (AMBC), having previously served as the non-profit’s board chair. He remains the lead national instructor for AMBC’s certified training courses in advanced packing and global shipping and also leads seminars on marketing, branding, team development, brick and mortar aesthetics, social media, and relationship building.
Marty has been honored to be a panelist and instructor at summits and industry events across the country for well over a decade, and both he and his business have been featured multiple times in publications like FedEx ShipSource® and MBC Today. After years as a contributing writer and columnist for MBC Today, he’s now the industry-leading magazine’s editor and producer; his business advice column, Ask Uncle Marty™, is a favorite among readers.
Marty counts it a true privilege to serve as a voice, influencer, and mentor in his communities and the unique, ever-changing retail shipping and business center industry. As a cancer survivor who, through grace and intense chemotherapy, overcame an aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2013, he believes wholeheartedly in silver linings, hoping to use his bonus years to spread positivity, hope, joy, and gratitude.
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Clark is a business genius with a big heart. His analysis skills and ability to think about things from new angles make quite an impact here!
Clark started at Uncle Marty’s in October of 2018 and has been an important part of the team ever since, working here off and on over the years while still finding time to graduate with highest honors from RIT in 2021 and land a coveted internship in 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In August of 2022, Clark accepted a promotion to Manager, making him the first person to earn and rock that title in Uncle Marty’s history!
When there’s a special project that needs special attention, like finding a new box supplier or revamping our employee handbook and manual, Clark jumps to the task and works hard to get it done just right. He’s always thinking of new ways to do business, grow, and expand to meet the needs of our guests and clients.
While not at work, you might spot Clark at the gym, enjoying trivia night, or working on his other business ventures, including Cantrip Cards & Games and a game-changing app he’s developing that will be launched and announced soon!
Guest Service Director
After three of her children had worked at Uncle Marty’s for years, and her youngest, Callum, graduated high school, we finally convinced Julie to join our team in April of 2021. She has added so much to our group and quickly become a favorite among our guests and clients.
A graduate of Alfred University, Julie ambitiously homeschooled her four children, guiding them each into the incredible individuals and exemplary people they are today. She and her husband Linc have lived in Ithaca for over 20 years and are very involved in making our community a better place. With experience in a small town hardware business, Julie brings a whole lot of heart and a sharp eye for detail to our team. She cares tremendously about our visitors and goes out of her way to ensure everyone feels welcome and appreciated.
Guest Service Specialist
Carter started at Uncle Marty’s in April of 2022 after his good friend Clark encouraged him to apply. With former management experience at a local game store and a family background in audio production, his skills and insight are second only to his outstanding client service demeanor and attitude.
While not at Uncle Marty’s, Carter is often working with his fellow co-founders at Cantrip Cards & Games, recording his podcast, Older & Dumber, playing Dungeons & Dragons, or participating in or judging Magic the Gathering tournaments across the region.