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Windows to Glory

Windows to Glory

Martha and the late Lieutenant Colonel John Jackson (J.J.) Faulkner met at Tech in 1950 and through the years became leaders in the architectural products industry, the National Guard and at Tech.

Martha's early years were spent in the Russellville area. Her family moved to Oklahoma where she attended the 5th through 12th grades. But, Tech, lifelong friends and family brought her "home" for college. After graduating and moving to Little Rock, she and J.J. married in 1955 and then moved to North Little Rock in 1958 where they began Architectural Products, Inc. Today, Martha is C.E.O. of the company. Sons, Steve and Mike, are president and vice-president.

J.J. was born and raised in Russellville. While earning his degree in Business, J.J. was also in ROTC at Tech, and continued his service in the National Guard for 35 years while they raised their family and created their thriving business.

Their love of Tech was revitalized when Dr. Brown came. "We saw that he had a plan to move things forward and we wanted to be a part of it. J.J. became president of the Alumni Association; and loved it," says Martha.

Many remember the couples' leadership and love of Tech when the Return to Glory Campaign was announced. As soon as Dr. Brown had finished his first presentation to the Alumni Board, J.J. stood up and said that they were ready to make a gift that day to get things started. That campaign was the first of its kind at Arkansas Tech. Through strong, loyal leaders like the Faulkners, the campus has been transformed over the last two decades through contributions to the Century Forward Circle, the Tech Loyalty Fund and the Green and Gold Club.

In addition to her duties as C.E.O., Martha enjoys spending time with her family, especially her four grandchildren; at her church; travelling; reading; and attending Tech football games and alumni activities.


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