Martin R. Hoke grew up in Lorain, Ohio. He graduated from Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, magna cum laude, and he received the Juris Doctor degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Mr. Hoke is a member of the Ohio Bar, and he pursued an active private law practice from 1980 to 1988.
Mr. Hoke is a serial entrepreneur who has launched a number of successful businesses in Northeast Ohio. As Founder and CEO of the Red Carpet Group, Mr. Hoke's first Red Carpet venture was Red Carpet Airport Car Care, founded in 1981. Located at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, this business offered travelers the convenience of leaving their cars to be serviced at the airport while out of town ('Complete Car care While You're in the Air!"). Also under the aegis of the Red Carpet Group, Mr. Hoke launched Red carpet Cellular in 1985 in conjunction with the introduction of cellular phone technology to the market. The company matured into the largest cellular service agent provider in Ohio, with sales offices in Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati, with over 100 full time employees. Mr. Hoke successfully grew these businesses to serve over 15,000 customers. Red Carpet Airport car Care was sold to the BP Oil Company in 1988, and Red Carpet Cellular was sold to Cellular One (now Verizon Wireless) in 1991.
In 2007, Mr. Hoke founded RhinoSystems, Inc., a medical device company that has developed Navage® Nasal Hygiene, a powered nasal irrigator that brings 21st century technology to the ancient practice of saline nasal lavage. RhinoSystems will be launching its second generation of Navage in July, 2011.
Mr. Hoke has served on the Boards of various non-profit institutions, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), the Emmanuel Promise of Hope Shelter (Cleveland), and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Mr. Hoke served as United States Representative from the 10th District of Ohio to the United States Congress from 1992 to 1996.