Martin McKown, an alumnus of the Theta Pi chapter of Pi Kappa Phi at the University of Texas at Tyler has been named among the national fraternity’s most promising young alumni. Now in its third year, ‘Thirty Under 30’ recognizes young alumni for their achievement after their undergraduate careers have come to an end.
McKown was a Founding Father of the Theta Pi Chapter. No stranger to hard work, he worked through college as an intern in the district office of his congressman during the day and often as a concession stand employee for a local movie theater at night. Inspired by his experience as a congressional intern, Martin graduated early with a degree in political science and later moved to Washington, D.C., to serve as a full-time staffer, earning roles of increasing responsibility on Capitol Hill. He eventually earned a law degree from Duquesne University, where he became an invited member of the school’s law review and moot court.
Today, Martin works for a major energy services company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and specializes in business ethics and compliance. He remains active in the Fraternity by serving on the Council of Advisors for the University of Pittsburgh’s Delta Upsilon Chapter, among holding other volunteer positions.
Alumni of 27 different chapters of all sizes, locations and age are represented in the group of 30, painting a broad, yet distinguished, view of Pi Kappa Phi as a national organization. The recipients come from all types of backgrounds, and were nominated for all types of outstanding achievement: volunteerism, professional achievement, etc. While the qualifications of the honor can vary, all of the recipients have in common a commitment to fraternal values. These men are all outstanding examples of how to live out the values of Pi Kappa Phi long after leaving their college campus.
His advice for students and young alumni: “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.”
More information about the honor can be found at: http://www.starandlamp.com/index.php/features-nav/alumni/2015-06-05-16-46-26/2016