Mart Liinve remembers those early years. Traveling from Estonia, he lived in eight different places by the time he was 10 years old. Sacrifice was part of the family lexicon. Mart also understood the importance of work ethic. With an engineering mind, he helped build a successful North Country business, and in turn, decided to give back to the region where he experienced personal and professional growth. Mart shares stories of his childhood, details on building a successful business, and what compels him to give back.
“I’ve lived here in Watertown now more than half my life, in spite of the fact that I’m an Estonian, Swedish, Canadian, American … I’m Estonian, but I’m an American citizen. And I feel like I belong here, and it’s a great country, and I want to do my part to give back to the community, where I’ve had the opportunity to run a business, and meet a lot of great people. I’m blessed.”
– Mart Liinve
Nomadic childhood in an Estonian family
From engineering to business
Connecting with the Community Foundation
The importance of enduring giving
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