Marty has enjoyed working at Coca-Cola
for 93 years. Of course, no one person
can work for that many consecutive years, but three
generations of William Marty’s can. The family has worked at Coca-Cola
youngest of the trio, William (Todd) Marty, recently celebrated his 26th year
and currently works as the Indiana Market Unit Food Service & On-Premise
Director. His father, William (Bill) Marty, Jr. retired in 2011 after 54 years
of service with the company. Bill’s father, William (Will) Marty, Sr., spent 60
years servicing the Louisville, Ky. marketplace. That adds up to 140 years of combined service.
that all three of us have considered it a privilege to support this great company,”
said Todd Marty. “Coca-Cola has brought my family and me countless
opportunities and outstanding experiences.”
William Marty Sr.
first Marty to work at Coca-Cola
, Will, started as a bottle
washer in 1921. He worked the majority of his career as a conventional route salesman.
He became a route supervisor in the 1960s and finished his career as a
security checker and customer service representative.
April 11, 1901, Coca-Cola
was first bottled in Louisville. Two decades years
later, Will Marty was cold-calling customers on the city streets.
He started just five years after the rollout of the contour
bottle. At the time, the company sold one brand in a single package size: Coca-Cola
6.5 oz. bottles.
Will was onboard for Coke's first packaging innovation: the 1923 rollout of Coca-Cola
6.5 oz., 6- pack cartons.
brother, Fred Marty, worked at Coca-Cola
for 45 years (1933-1978). Together, they saw bottle sales surpass fountain sales in the early 1930s. They watched
local bottlers grow from a few hundred to thousands. They were
there when Robert W. Woodruff, CEO and Chairman, expanded internationally, playing
a major supporting role in the World War II efforts.
son, Bill, started with the company in the summer of 1957. He was
responsible for sanding vending machines to prepare them for refurbishment. He
worked his way through college at the University of Louisville, earning a degree
in business management. When Bill first started selling Coca-Cola
, cases were sold for 80 cents apiece. During Bill’s career, he saw the launch of TaB, Sprite and many more brands. He was part of experimental promotions like
the talking vendor, contour cans, magic Cans and “the real thing” under-the-cap
Bill Marty Jr.
Bill was promoted to general manager of a small warehouse facility in
Scottsburg, Ind. He became heavily involved in the Indiana Soft Drink
Association and recently received a lifetime membership in honor of his
contributions. He networked through local bottlers and in 1976 was hired to
run a production/sales center in South Bend, Ind. He played an instrumental
role in developing a relationship with Notre Dame University.
Bill was promoted by owner Marvin Herb to vice president of sales and
marketing for the Indiana Division of the Coca-Cola
Herb Group. During his
tenure, Bill played a critical role in building long-term partnerships with the
Indianapolis Colts, along with Indiana and Purdue Universities.
created relationships with the Indiana Black Expo by sponsoring such events as
Circle City Classic. He has served on the boards of many other
local organizations. Bill retired in 2011 as director of government and public
affairs at Coca-Cola
asked what he missed most about working for Coca-Cola
since retirement, he said,
“The people. No matter if they were
employees, customers, suppliers or consumers, I will forever be in debt to this
company for helping me meet some of the best friends in my life.”
on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis and acts
as a Coca-Cola
Ambassador every day. He and his wife Anne will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2016.
Marty was born November 25, 1971. His birth announcement was delivered to
friends and family on an official “Coca-Cola new product communication card.”
ask Todd what his first job at Coke was, he'll tell you it was riding around
in his grandfather’s 1973 Nova handling product complaints at the age of five. He officially started his career during the Max
Headroom era in 1988. Some of Todd’s official duties included flushing pre mix
tanks, tearing out production from the facility, loading trucks and supporting
the 1988 Special Olympics at Notre Dame.
Todd worked his way through college loading trucks in the winter and running
conventional sales routes in the summer. He graduated from Indiana State
University just blocks from the birthplace of the contour bottle in Terre Haute,
Ind. Todd has held many roles in the company and has worked at more than seven distribution
centers. Todd witnessed milestones such as conversion from post-mix fountain tanks to
bag-in-the-box and now to Coca-Cola
Freestyle. He saw the dismissal of returnable bottles
and the launch of PET packaging. Todd enjoys working every day, adding another
brick on top of the foundation his father and grandfather worked on before him.
He and his wife Erin have three children Jacob (16), Kaelyn (13) and Autumn (11).
When asked if they plan to keep the tradition going, Todd said “Only the future
can tell. They definitely consume their fair share of our portfolio. They see
the fun we have in our business and there is no doubt they have the loyalty to