Martin Castellanos
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Martin Castellanos: Converting a Skillset from a Hobby to a Business

What do you do when you retire from the military and the police department at a relatively young age? You use those skillsets to create a business. Martin Castellanos converted what started out as more of a hobby to a business that is now ready to soar ahead and impact even more people and organizations.

In today’s challenging climate of gun violence, what’s the best way to be aware of your surroundings and maintain safety for you and your family? That’s where Martin Castellanos comes in – he is able to provide organizations such as churches, synagogues, mosques and more a safety plan in our ever challenging world. You want to learn how to be safe without owning a gun, take one of his safety classes. You want to be a responsible gun owner, Marty is able to work with you on this as well. This conversation and Marty’s services are needed in the very divisive world we live in today.

Host Bio: Allison Turner is the owner of BatCat Media Group, and its subsidiary Dream Plan Start Grow. Her passion lies in assisting entrepreneurs with business coaching and marketing to help bring their vision and business to fruition. She particularly enjoys working with new business owners, guiding them in developing their brand and bringing their vision to life. Allison’s love for entrepreneurship is evident in her desire to educate potential and new business owners about the journey of entrepreneurship. Through exploration and sharing of experiences, she hopes to empower and equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to succeed.

Guest Bio: Martin Castellanos served in law enforcement, at the federal and local municipal level from 1987 to 2021. Now an independent instructor; he has been training military personnel, law enforcement officers, and civilians since 1995.

Marty enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1987. During 27 years of active-duty and reserve service, he served in local Search & Rescue before two decades in Maritime Law Enforcement.

In 1999 Marty was appointed Assistant Training Officer at the unit. In 2005 he was appointed Officer in Charge of TACLET South’s first all-Reserve LEDET. In 2009 he was assigned as a Pre-Deployment Instructor at Blackwater in Moyock, NC, in support of the US Coast Guard and Navy operations overseas. He retired from the USCG in 2014.

At the Boca Raton Police Department for over 20 years, Marty served in the Patrol Division, Critical Incident Stress Management Team, the Investigations Bureau’s Tac-Team, Hostage Negotiation Team, and a brief assignment to the Chief’s Office. He assisted the Training Staff as an In-Service Instructor and Range Safety Officer. He also supported the Chaplain Team, and the Department Wellness Coordinator. He was a certified Field Training Officer, CIT Officer, and CISM Peer/Group Counselor.

Marty served a 2-year term as 2nd Vice President of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #35 Boca before he was elected as Lodge Chaplain for another 15 years. He celebrated his police retirement in October 2021.

Sometime around 1998, students in a training class started calling him “Uncle Marty” and the nickname stuck at both agencies. He started UNCLE MARTY’S TRAINING & CONSULTING in 2020 to continue sharing knowledge with law enforcement officers, with our military service members and with law-abiding citizens. So that they can keep their communities SAFE. So that law enforcement agencies can MITIGATE their liability by training officers who retire after honorable careers.