Mart Green began his retail career in the home of his parents as a youth. With $600 his family started Hobby Lobby
in their living room, which is now a chain of over nearly 1000 arts and crafts stores. He is the Ministry Investment Officer for Hobby Lobby and also serves on the Board. In 1981, Mart established Mardel
, a chain of Christian and educational supply stores. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Mardel has 39 stores in eleven states.
In June 2002, visionary Green founded and was Producer/CEO for Every Tribe Entertainment, a feature film production company. Their movie End of the Spear was released to theaters in January 2006. Millions in the U.S. viewed End of the Spear with great impact. The film is now being shown in many countries around the world. Mart also produced a companion documentary called Beyond the Gates of Splendor.
In January 2005, Christian Retailing named Mart Green one of the Top Fifty People who have most shaped and impacted Christian retailing in the last half century. In 2008, he was also awarded the Jim Carlson Christian Bookstore of the Year Award by the Christian Book Association (CBA) for setting standards of excellence in the industry.
From January 2008 to April 2014, Mart served as Board Chair of the Board of Trustees at Oral Roberts University
and now serves as Trustee Emeritus.
In 2010, Mart began a journey to help create an alliance called Every Tribe Every Nation. The vision is to "Eradicate Bible Poverty" for all 6000+ vital languages on planet earth. It is Mart's belief that by 2033 95% of the world will have a complete Bible, 99.96% of the world will have a New Testament, and 100% will have at least 25 chapters.
A native Oklahoman, Mart and his wife, Diana, have enjoyed over 40 years of marriage. They have four adult children, three children-in-law and eleven grandchildren.