Martha Koenig Bindeman enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1965, having arrived sight unseen. She fell in love with the campus the first time she stepped foot on it. Ms. Bindeman graduated in 1969 with honors in history and went on to law school back home in Washington, DC. After graduation and passing the bar, she practiced law, all the time feeling that it wasn’t as creative a vocation as she desired. She founded her own event planning company, Finishing Touches Events, LLC in 1978, and achieved the industry wide designation of CSEP (Certified Special Events Professional).
Ms. Bindeman has been on the board of the Alumni Club of Washingon, D.C. for several years, the executive committee for Michigan’s Alumni Association for three years, and for four years the Visiting Committee of LS&A. In 2001, she received the UM Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award.
For years, she coordinated the D.C. Alumni Club’s silent auction at the annual Congressional Breakfast, which raises money for UM scholarships. She co-chaired the 60th anniversary of the breakfast in 2011, and will do so again in 2012.
Ms. Bindeman's primary focus is planning social events in the DC area. However, she also works in the non-profit community helping with events for various agencies and works tirelessly to help all schools and programs of the University to put on their events pro bono in Washington, D.C. Her company has been featured in the Washingtonian and Bethesda magazines, and she has won several awards in the special events industry competitions.
Ms. Bindeman has been involved in the MIW program since its inception. She had always wondered why there was no Washington semester at U of M and at the request of Edie Goldenberg hosted the first gathering of DC area alumni to support the program. Whenever the MIW program's theater class attends plays in Bethesda, she hosts the group for dinner in her office. She is known for the Capitol chocolates she provides at the opening and closing receptions each term (made with a 2 dimensional frieze of the US Capitol Building). Ms. Bindeman was the event coordinator for the Fifth Anniversary celebration of the MIW Program in October, 2010.
Stuart, President of Commercial Investors, Inc., is her husband of 40 years, and they have two daughters: Julie, a psychologist with an adorable little boy and new baby girl, and Jen, who holds a Master’s in Social Work from Michigan and works in Detroit for Jewish Family Service. (She is shown here with MIW Student Andy Kola at the Jobs Panel Discussion at the Fifth Anniversary celebration in October, 2010.)