Ricardo Martinez II is the host and creator of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. He is a former 9-1-1 dispatcher and supervisor of 13 years and is the Founder and CEO of Within the Trenches Media. In August of 2016, Ricardo started the #IAM911 movement that spread from the United States to Canada, the U.K., New Zealand and Australia. It’s popularity and success has brought the Thin Gold Line into the spotlight and has opened the eyes of millions to what 9-1-1 dispatchers deal with on a daily basis.
As a Public Safety Entrepreneur Ricardo has created the highly successful Dare to be Great conference that has an overall total of nine thousand attendees from all over the world. He also created Code Seven Dispatch Apparel where he has put his graphic design skills to work along with learning how to screen print to provide podcast fans with one of kind t-shirts and the new Warrior line in partnership with the highly regarded 911der Women non-profit organization. Combine this with public safety marketing and media contract work for companies such as INdigital, and non-profits like the Denise Amber Lee Foundation and you have the powerhouse that is Within the Trenches Media.