Martin E. Segal founded the Martin E. Segal Company in 1939 and served as its President until 1967, as Chairman from 1967 to 1991 and as Chairman Emeritus until his passing in August 2012. During and after World War II, he was a pioneer in the creation and establishment of health and pension benefits for employees via multiemployer trust funds established through collective bargaining, single-employer benefit plans and government plans in states, cities and towns. Mr. Segal was frequently cited in newspapers and magazines as an authority on pension, health insurance and collectively bargained programs.
In addition to his role as a benefits expert, Mr. Segal was active in civic affairs and participated in many cultural and education organizations, including New York’s Lincoln Center. He received numerous awards and honors from city, state and foreign institutions, including the New York City Mayor's Award of Honor for Arts and Culture (1982), the New York State Governor's Arts Award (1989), the National Arts Club Medal of Honor (1992), and the Living Landmark Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy (2005).