By East Tennessee Catholic
Mr. Vargas has an extensive background in business and has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee.
“Martin is energized to lead St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic as its new executive director. His unique background includes leadership success with a No. 1 Fortune 500 company, nonprofits, and entrepreneurial start-ups,” said Sister Mary Lisa Renfer, RSM, the physician who serves as medical director for the mobile clinic.
“Throughout his career, Martin’s work focused on supply-chain and Internet technologies. At Walmart, he led the systems development and implementation of the global perishable platform and distribution systems, which successfully expanded an international supply chain, driving $15 billion in sales and supporting 360 stores at Walmart in Mexico.”
Mr. Vargas also participated in several business startups, including as a founding team member of Vcommerce.com, a venture capital-backed supply-chain technology company that raised $54 million and handled $1 billion in annual e-commerce transactions.
“God has blessed me with many gifts and allowed me to share them freely and ‘be the change you want to see,’” Mr. Vargas said.
Sister Mary Lisa said Mr. Vargas feels called by God to create positive change in others’ lives through his volunteer work in local and national organizations, including Indiana University and the University of Tennessee Latino alumni associations, All Saints Parish, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Diocese of Knoxville Catholic Committee on Scouting.
A native of Indiana, Mr. Vargas earned a bachelor’s degree in international finance and accounting from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee with a focus on logistics and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Vargas’ family marks two joyous milestones right now. His son, Leonardo, graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School in May and has begun his freshman year studying fire protection and safety engineering technology at Eastern Kentucky University. And he and his wife, Ellen, will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in October.
Also joining the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic is Sister Mary Luke Feldpausch, who is with the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., religious community.
Sister Mary Luke is serving the Diocese of Knoxville’s medical ministry as a clinic assistant and will also serve as a special projects volunteer for the clinic.